Inadequate sports facilities, infra in state, HC told

Inadequate sports facilities, infra in state, HC told

Amicus Curie reports sorry state at Indoor Stadium

SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Thursday directed J&K Youth Services and Sports department to file its response to a report indicating lack of sports activities and infrastructure in the state.
The direction came after a report submitted by Amicus Curiae Syed Faisal Qadri and advocate Ateeb Kanth and pointed out lack of infrastructure at sports venues in the state.
Citing their recent visit to Indoor Stadium, Srinagar, the report said the stadium offers training only from 4pm to 7pm and was devoid of proper lighting system.
The large facility has only twelve lamps, which are inadequate, even by the admission of stadium manager, the report said.
Most of the street lamps outside stadium were non functional.
The air conditioners /heating system is defunct since years, and the fire extinguishers are defunct since 2014, it added. Four washrooms inside the stadium are non-functional since 2014, and there is no first aid facility available.
The stadium has four regular coaches, with no coach for badminton and several others sports as well.
Further, the report adds, the gallery, corridors and the surrounding of the stadium is in complete shambles, with missing window panes, scattered broken glass, and untidy corridors.
The training imparted at the stadium is not in tune with the field of play and specification for sports infrastructure as per sports authority of India, the report noted.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan after going through the report directed all the parties to have a meeting to sort out the lack of basic facilities in sports infrastructure.
Meanwhile the court directed state government to prioritise selection process of Rehber-e-Khel, under which almost 3000 recruitments are to be made.
The court further directed for utilizing water bodies for sports venues and in this connection Committee of Experts for Dal Lake was asked to inform the court for creating sports activities in the lake.