Srinagar, July 15: Jammu and Kashmir has only 137 playgrounds against the required 2,500, causing roadblocks in execution of sports plans.
Figures from the JK Sports Council revealed that 103 of these fields are in Kashmir division, while the remaining 34 are in Jammu.
Given the population distribution, Kashmir requires 1,196 playgrounds and Jammu 1,302, the data suggests.
“Srinagar district only has 29 playing fields against the need for 150, Budgam has four against 100, Anantnag 17 against 270, and Pulwama four against 80 (sic),” the data shows.
“Ganderbal has six playing fields to its population of 2,97,446 against the requirement for 20.”
Jammu district only has 17 playing fields available against the need for 175; Udhampur has only two against the requirement for 200 playing fields, it suggests.
An official of JK Youth Services and Sports said the lack of infrastructure has been affecting performance of the players.
“The existing playing fields are also in a bad shape. Only a few have drainage system in place,” the official said.
“There is also dearth of trained coaches almost in every sport,” he added. “Our youth are well talented, but they are not getting a proper training due to the lack of infrastructure.”
The state has produced sports persons who play at the national level, he said.
“In comparison to the other states, the number is very less. But this is because we don’t have a good infrastructure. Sports have been the government’s least concern,” the official added.
Secretary JK Youth Services and Sports, Javed Khan, however, said the government was taking measures to develop the infrastructure.
“Around Rs 20 crore is being spent on sports activities in the current year. Besides Rs 10 lakh will be provided to each block for sports activities,” Khan said.
“People are not aware about sports activities being organised in the state. Sports infrastructure is also been upgraded.”
Upcoming snow spell: Avalanche warning issued for Kashmir, Ladakh districts
Srinagar, Jan 19: Kashmir areas experienced fresh snowfall on Saturday, with the weather office forecasting more in store for the next three days.
“A western disturbance (WD) is presently active over the state under whose influence moderate to heavy snowfall is likely to occur in the valley till January 23 after which the intensity of the WD will start decreasing,” a Met Department official said here.
District administrations have set up helplines to help prevent any untoward incident due to the heavy snowfall.
Meanwhile Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Saturday issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche-prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.
As per the hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DC’s to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.
While the nightlong cloud cover increased minimum temperatures throughout the valley on Saturday, the maximum temperatures are expected to drop further, the weather official said.
Srinagar recorded minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 4.4 and Gulmarg minus 7.0 as the minimum temperatures.
Leh town had minus 9.2 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 18.9 as the night’s lowest temperature.
Jammu city recorded 8.3 degrees Celsius, Katra 9.1, Batote 3.9, Bannihal 2.3 and Bhaderwah 1.3 as the minimum temperatures.
UN clearly did its job: Guterres on Kashmir human rights report
United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday hoped that India and Pakistan will engage in a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve their issues.
The UN chief also said he has been offering his “good offices in relation to the dialogue between the two countries that, until now, had no conditions of success.”
Guterres was speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.
“I hope that the importance of both India and Pakistan is such in international affairs, I hope that the two countries will be able to engage in a meaningful dialogue,” he said.
The UN chief was responding to a question on his repeated urging of dialogue between the two South Asian neighbours.
In relation to the human rights situation, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has produced recently a very detailed report. So, the UN has clearly done its job in that regard, Guterres said to a question by a Pakistan journalist on the situation in Kashmir.
Day after grenade attack, forces conduct search op in Lal Chowk
Srinagar: A joint search operation was launched by the forces and police in the commercial Hub Lal Chowk area of Srinagar on Saturday.
The search came a day after the grenade attack took place in the locality, which left a vehicle and windowpanes of some shops damaged.
Witnesses said that a large contingent of police and paramilitary troopers were deployed near the Clock Tower here while the frisking was also intensified.
They said that drones too were used during the operation.
However, a top police official said that it was a routine exercise ahead of upcoming Republic Day.