Chief Secretary reviews pace of sports infrastructure development

Chief Secretary, B B Vyas Thursday chaired a meeting here to review the progress of Sports Infrastructure Development and the implementation of the Rs 200 Crore Special Sports Package announced under the PMDP-2015.

Director General, (NADA), Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Naveen Agarwal, Secretary, Youth Services & Sports Department, J&K, Mr Hilal Ahmad Parray, Director (Infra), Sports Authority of India (SAI), Sanjay Baranwal, Secretary, J&K Sports Council, Waheed-Ur Rahman and other senior officers were present.

In order to give impetus to the sports activities in the state, Chief Secretary underscored the importance of creation/upgradation of adequate sports infrastructure and equipping sports clubs/academies.

While reviewing the progress of work on various components of the 200 Cr Special Package, which includes development of Bakshi Stadium Srinagar and MA Stadium Jammu into world class sports stadiums, Chief Secretary stressed on completing the projects expeditiously.

Chief Secretary also instructed the Youth Services & Sports Department to utilize the services of the 200 players, who recently underwent Special Certificate Courses in Sports Coaching in various disciplines at NIS, Patiala.

Regarding setting up of Indoor Sports Halls in all the 22 districts of the State, Chief Secretary asked for constituting special teams, who will visit the identified sites and ensure that the project work on the Indoor Halls starts quickly in all districts. He directed JKPCC to complete the soil investigation of the 12 sites within a week, following which site specific DPRs be finalised within 15 days.

It was informed that the Sports infrastructure is being developed through agencies of the Union and the State Government i.e National Projects Construction Corporation Ltd (NPCC) and J&K Sports Council respectively. In order to improve coordination between the NPCC and State agencies and ensure proper monitoring of the executed works, Chief Secretary asked NPCC to have a proper Project Monitoring Unit (PMU) established here.

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