Kashmir gets football ground with Italian turf

Srinagar: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Wednesday inaugurated Synthetic Turf Football Stadium at TRC Polo Ground here which is first of its kind in the State.

Minister for Youth Services and Sports, Raman Bhalla, Legislator Nasir Aslam Wani, Commissioner Secretary Youth Services and Sports, Khurshid Ahmad and Director Youth Services and Sports, Dalip Thusoo were present on the occasion among others.

The Synthetic Turf for the Stadium has been procured from Limonta Italy and is laid over six years of base course. The stadium is the capacity for 15000 spectators with facility for car parking. The field is international standard of 115 meters into 70 meters in size. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 4.50 crore.

Interacting with the sportspeople who were present on the occasion besides representatives of Jammu and Kashmir Football Association, the Chief Minister said that development of sports and nurturing the talent in different games is receiving full attention of the Government. He said various new stadia have been completed while many are in the process of execution.

The Chief Minister said that Bakshi Stadium Srinagar is being re-built and upgraded to the international standard to host national and international events in football and athletics. He said an amount of about Rs. 100 crore is being spent on this project. He said Rs. 100 crore are also being expended on making the M A M Stadium Jammu to the international standard and equipping with all modern facilities.

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