Pampore residents rue delay in stadium restoration

PAMPORE: Sports lovers in Pampore town and adjoining areas have alleged that authorities’ apathy over the years has resulted in deterioration of Iqbal Stadium at Kadlabal, Pampore.

The locals alleged that Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council (JKSSC) has failed to live up to its promise, not making any serious efforts to develop the stadium due to unwarranted delays.
According to the locals, the earth filling of the stadium started two years ago is yet to be completed.
Youth Sports Association member Momin Lone alleged that the government is working at snail’s pace.
“It seems the work will not see the light of the day. We have nowhere else to practice,” Lone said
Mushtaq Ahmad, a resident, said that Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council in nexus with the contractor have drawn the bills against the works they haven’t carried out.
“When JKSC left the up-gradation work of the playfield unattended, the locals requested a private firm engaged in four-laning of Srinagar-Jammu highway to level the playfield and make it playable,” Mushtaq said.
When contacted, Assistant Executive Engineer of (JKSSC) Haim Singh said the earth filling of the stadium is to be completed in two phases.
“We did part of it in phase first last year and the phase 2nd might have been complete but owing to shortage of funds and unrest in the valley it could not be completed,” he said.
He added the projected cost of the stadium was Rs 1 crore and the works include laying of turf, lighting, change room and fencing.
Secretary (JKSSC) Waheed-ur-Rehman Para told Kashmir Reader that works on the stadium would be restored soon.