Article 370 is a curse for Jammu province youth: Uppal


JAMMU, Dec 5: Sports infrastructure plays a crucial role in achieving excellence in the global arena of sports. It not only helps in producing sports persons of international repute, but also encourages the young population of a country to participate in sporting activities with the objective of creating a culturing of sports.
> In Jammu & Kashmir, the standard of sports infrastructure is not at a satisfactory level for a number of reasons. The lack of infrastructural facilities is one of the major constraints in the process of development of sports in J&K.
The youth of Jammu region are facing severe hardships due to the Kashmir centric policies of successive government. The politicians as well as leaders of successive government were most focused about the Valley which leads to the discrimination with the youth of Jammu province in terms of sports as well as educational facilities. All the funds sanctioned from centre are being used only for the development in the Valley.
The discrimination with the youth of Jammu region is clearly seen. The only stadium of Jammu which was contructed in 1962 is in a pathetic condition since years with no standard facilities.
About eight years ago, a foundation stone of indoor sports complex was laid which is still in the same position. There is no functional gym in the stadium for the sports person. Even the depth of only swimming pool in MAM Stadium is 5.5ft to 10ft which cannot be used by the kids and new learners. Lakhs of rupee as fee are collected from the youth but their are no such facilities. The Central Government had sanctioned funds in the past but unfortunately nothing has been done in this regard.
At present, as proposed by the Centre, stadium has to be demolished for the construction of international stadium ,a fund of Rs 47 crore was released but the authorities at the helm of affairs is renovating the same. This will bring invitation to the mishap in the future as the 56 years old pillars of spectator stand are being repaired only instead of being newly constructed and the walls are being plastered. On the contrary, Srinagar Division of J&K Sports State Council has started the construction of new stadium.

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