Peace imperative for development works: MLA
Anantnag: After acquiring land in 1983 for establishment of a sports stadium in Tral town of Pulwama district, no work has been done on the project so far.
The government apathy towards the project has left more than 122 villages in the region without any sports facility whatsoever.
According to sources in the Youth Services and Sports department 60 kanals of land were acquired in 1983, followed by another 60 Kanals in 1986.
However, after the land was acquired, no work was done for nearly 27 years till 2013.
“In 2011 then Minister R S Chib granted around 15 Lac Rupees for the project. But not a penny was spent on the development of infrastructure,” sources said.
The sources said that the rupees 15 lakh by Chib were followed by another announcement of a grant of five crore rupees by Minister Taj Mohiuddin in 2013, during the Congree-National Conference (NC) coalition government.
Mohiuddin laid a foundation stone with pomp and show at the venue but there was nothing, apart from the stone laying function, done to make the stadium a reality.
“Following the announcement by Taj Mohiuddin earth cutting for a football facility was done by the government. The work was soon abandoned and is yet to be resumed after that,” sources said.
The youth in Tral rue that they have no place to engage in any kind of sports activity, anywhere in the whole region.
“We travel to this place from far off villages but there are no proper facilities available here,” said Tanveer Ahmad, a youth from Narastan village, who often comes to play cricket at the ground.
The youth said that all 122 villages are devoid of any sports facility which makes the land in Tral all the more important.
“The only thing government has done all these years is promises. They make promises but nothing translates on ground,” the youth told Kashmir Reader.
The apathy by the government meanwhile has ensured that encroachers grabbed a portion of 120 Kanals.
Sources said that around 15 to 20 Kanals of the land have been occupied by the Sericulture department, which has constructed at least 3 huts in the land.
“They have also planted mulberry trees in some portion of land, much to the horror of the youth. We have asked them time and again to vacate the portion under their occupation but they do not heed to our requests,” sources told Kashmir Reader.
Tral Lawmaker, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, told Kashmir Reader that volatile situation in the region has been a deterrent towards the project being taken up afresh.
“I wanted to bring in some minister to announce the project but you know how the situation in Tral really is. Last year I brought in Naeem Akhtar with a 120 crore project and he narrowly escaped a bid on his life,” Shah said.
He said that peace was imperative for such kind of developmental works to be taken up.
“There is no dearth of funds but peace is what we need here in Tral,” he said.