Polo ground reflects neglect, official apathy

From grazing cows to stray dogs, this sports stadia is attracting all except sportsmen.

Even though much has been claimed and talked about the Pologround sports stadium, the ground is a perfect example of official neglect and callousness.

While the Chief Minister just two days back approved the first cricket academy here, the already existing sports infrastructure here is in shambles and in pathetic condition.

The famous Polo ground of the city, just few yards away from the business hub Lal Chowk that is not far away from the officials gaze has been left unattended by the sports department.

According to spectator, earlier this part of ground was considered very crucial for organising sports events and for practice purposes. Thee ground always remained thronged with players and sports instructors.

“It is an achievement of sorts that we have ground in the heart of city but unfortunately our sports officials are in deep slumber and never trying to show their seriousness towards developing this stadium on scientific lines,” Abdul Rasheed, a former football player, who often used to come this ground said.

“After the establishment of synthetic turf for football, the major part of ground was forgotten and left unattended by the sports authorities and they are never bother about it,” he said.

Pertinently, work on the multi-purpose indoor hall at Polo ground was started on November 2013 after then Minister for Youth Services and Sports, Taj Mohi-ud-Din laid its foundation stone.

“At that time it was announced that multi-purpose facility would be built at a cost of Rs 1.82 crore and it will have facilities for playing games like basketball, judo, martial arts, table tennis etc. It was also announced that work on the facility would be completed within a period of six months but it still awaits completion,” Rasheed further said.

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