Sportsmen Raise Objection Over Stadium’s Conversion Into Synthetic Track

Stadium not selected, no need to panic: Tehsildar

BANDIPORA: Soon after an expert team visited the Sher-e-Kashmir Sports Stadium, Bandipora to check feasibility for the construction of synthetic athletic track at the stadium, people have raised objections saying that it should remain a cricket and football stadium.

Last year, the government had inaugurated an athletic track inside the sports stadium Bandipora following which the sportsmen raised objection against the move.

However, from the last few days, the controversy erupted again after an expert team had visited the stadium to check feasibility for the construction of synthetic athletic track at the stadium.

The sportsmen including cricketers and footballers have reacted by saying that they will not allow this sports stadium to deteriorate.

"We have no objection in building an athletic track but authorities should find another place for it, not our sports stadium," they said.

Advocate Mudasir Wani a social activist said that the district has a lot of potential to develop an athletic track anywhere near the Banks of Wullar lake as uncountable playgrounds are there but not at the cost of SK Stadium.

He said that the Stadium represents the aspirations of almost the majority of Bandipora, especially cricket and football lovers and is one of the most beautiful stadiums in J&K which must be preserved and nourished for generations to come.

"Athletic track is needed for an hour too for other sports lovers and must be constructed in Bandipora somewhere else but not at the cost of SK Stadium," he said.

"Government’s move to convert SK Stadium into synthetic athletic track is a grave injustice with thousands of local youth of Bandipora who play cricket and football on this stadium. Every day on an average hundreds of youth play at the ground. Where would the locals go,” said another local.

"I fail to understand that few people of district Bandipora want to destroy the basic structure of the stadium for their own benefit. They are snatching the dreams of our young generation,” said another local.

On the other hand, J&K Students Association has written to LG Manoj Sinha over the issue, and urged him to save the future of cricketers and footballers of the district.

Meanwhile, Tehsildar Bandipora Sheikh Tariq Ahmad said that although the expert team visited many places including the SK stadium with regards to the laying of athletic track, they have not selected the stadium.

"SK stadium has not been selected. It does not suffice the requirement. As such nobody needs to panic,” he said.

"Land has been identified at a suitable place nearby town. Hope the proposed land will get technical and other necessary clearances from concerned people for the larger good of the district,” Sheikh said. (KNO)

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