SRINAGAR: Coordinator CM’s Grievance Cell, Tassaduq Mufti has called for upgradation of facilities at the Bakshi Stadium, Srinagar for promotion of sports activities.
Taking cognizance of recurrent complaints from the sportspersons regarding poor facilities at the Bakshi Stadium, Tassaduq Mufti has asked the Sports Department to refurbish the stadium by constructing change rooms and modern bathrooms. He also called for installing floodlights, putting in place multiple entry/exit points, rebuilding modern pavilion, setting up food courts and other state of the art facilities there at the Bakshi stadium.
“The Bakshi stadium with its rich heritage, since 1960 has been a centre of sporting activities hosted by a range of sports bodies throughout the year. However the athletes have complained of several shortcomings like lack of proper drinking water facilities, unhygienic toilets, overflowing sewage because of poor drainage resulting in stench, absence of proper and adequate changing room facilities and poor infrastructure in terms of roads, ground and Stadium stands,” Tassaduq said in a communication addressed to the Sports Department.
He said the lack of proper changing rooms for girls and bad condition of bathrooms leads to less participation of budding female athletes in sports events. “In order to ensure round the year sporting activities and encourage greater participation in sporting events, the highlighted grievances need to be taken up on priority and the sports infrastructure at Bakshi stadium needs to be revitalized/rebuilt with floodlights, multiple entry/exit points, modern pavilion, food Courts and state of art facilities,” the communication said adding in the past few years, a lot has been done in building of vital sports infrastructure across the state, “but a lot still needs to be done in this regard.”