Youth keen but have only streets for play

Youth keen but have only streets for play
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NO PLAYGROUND FOR BARAMULLA

MOHAMMAD IMRAN NAIKOO

BARAMULLA: The people from Dangarpora, Taripora, Naradari, Laridora, Kawhar and Malpora Narwav areas of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district are up in arms against the government for its failure to establish any sports fields in the area.
“This time, several sports activities are taking place throughout the Valley, but the youth of these far-flung, north Kashmir areas aren’t able to play any outdoor games due to the shortage here of playgrounds,” area locals told Kashmir Reader.
A group of cricket players from Dangarpora expressed their concern to Kashmir Reader saying that there are 25 cricket teams in six villages of the area and the youth have even formed eight volleyball teams. “The youth are very enthusiastic about various sports, but the lack of a playground discourages them from participating in outdoor games.” They also added that despite lodging repeated pleas with the department concerned and the MLA Baramulla, no playground had so far been established.
The youth of the area, according to its residents, have only one choice – the local college ground, which is about 26 kilometres away. Locals of these villages further added that if facilities were to be made available here, the youth would make great participants in every field, “but due to the absence of a playground, our children are compelled to play by the roadsides. Our youth, especially our little champs, have very great enthusiasm for various sports but lack any place to give it vent.”
“We are facing tremendous problems in the absence of playgrounds. We have no playground in which games are played but we have sports spirit, which is why we go to play 20 to 30 kilometres off, from Dangarpora to Degree College Baramulla,” said Ghulam Nabi Butt, senior cricketer and cricket match organiser of the area.
“We want to conduct cricket and football tournaments, but due to the lack of ground, we are not able to,” senior players in the area told Kashmir Reader. “Due to the lack of playgrounds, hundreds of young people can be seen playing in the streets and roads,” added Ghulam Nabi.
Nazir Ahmad Naik, a youth from Dangarpora, told Kashmir Reader, “When several sport activities are taking place throughout the district, with even the government sponsoring many events, the youth here are unable to play outdoor games due to lack of a playground for them in Dangarpora and its adjoining villages.”
The youth have urged the department of Youth Services and Sports, district Baramulla, to look into the matter on a priority basis.
Hakeem Abdul Aziz, District Officer, Youth Services and Sports, Baramulla, acknowledged that the youth from the area face problems because of the unavailability of playground. “A group of one responsible person from each team/club came to me with an application form, so we asked them about the matter and want to try our level best for the benefit of sports lovers from the said area,” he said.
Giving assurances that he would look very seriously into the matter, Hakim also added that the locals should talk to the Tehsildar concerned regarding land provision for the ground. He also said that he would take the matter up with high officials.
Meanwhile, although Kashmir Reader contacted the Minister for J&K Youth Services and Sports,Imran Raza Ansari he did not answer our call.