Jammu Gets Rs. 58.23 Crore State of Art Sports Complex 

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Arun Jaitley Memorial Sports Complex at Hiranagar is spread over 270 kanals

SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha along with Dr. Jitendra Singh, MoS in PMO jointly laid the e-foundation stone of “Shri Arun Jaitley Memorial Sports Complex”, Hiranagar, on Saturday. The mega-sports complex, spread over 270 kanals of land, will cost Rs.58.23 Crore. It is being undertaken under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP).

This will be one of the best and State of Art Sports Complex having multiple Sports facilities of International/National standards in one place. Falling in close vicinity of national highway 44, the project shall not only cater to the Hiranagar area but the whole of J&K and would be an important place for hosting National and International events.

Remembering Arun Jaitley, the Lt Governor said that he was an outstanding parliamentarian, a legal stalwart, an eminent intellectual, an able administrator, and an immaculate statesman who believed in the high ideals of transparency and accountability in governance. Sh. Arun Jaitley’s contribution to nation-building and his role in Indian polity has been exceptional, he added.

The e-foundation stone was laid in the presence of Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor,  Farooq Khan; Union Secretary of Sports,  Ravi Mittal; Chief Secretary,  BVR Subrahmanyam; Secretary, Youth Services and Sports, J&K,  Sarmad Hafeez, and Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, who along with senior officers and scores of political leaders, PRI members were present at the venue and joined the online event.

Family members of Arun Jaitley, including his wife Sangeeta Jaitley, and his daughter also participated in the event through the online mode.

The LG remarked that the government of India is very keen to provide the basic necessary infrastructure for promoting sports culture in J&K and the region has been privileged to get Rs.200 Crore under PMDP for developing sports infrastructure. Out of 22 sanctioned sports complexes, eight have already been dedicated to the public and efforts are being made for speedy completion of the remaining, announced the Lt Governor.

In this respect, the LG also lauded the efforts being made by the Union Government for the promotion of sports activities nationwide.

The Lt Governor observed that there is no dearth of talent in J&K and that the same shall be identified and nurtured by proper training and infrastructure. ‘With enough training, the J&K youth would easily prove their mettle at any forum’, he said.

Dr. Jitendra Singh during his address, outlined that the Mega Sports Complex is a tribute to the late Jaitley; fulfilling the long pending demand of the public of the area.

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