JAMMU: Minister for Housing, Horticulture, Culture, Youth Services and Sports Mr. Raman Bhalla on Friday evening inaugurated Rs. 1.77 crore Swimming Pool at M A Stadium.
MLA Mr. Ashwani Sharma, Secretary Sports Council Mr. Dalip Thusoo besides other senior officers of Youth Services and Sports Department were present on the occasion.
The Swimming Pool at M A Stadium has been constructed in 49.80 m X 19.80 m in 8 lanes and 2.43 m deep end depth in rectangular shape.
Addressing a large gathering after dedicating the swimming pool, the Minister said Government has decided to modernize Indoor as well as Outdoor Stadia of Srinagar and Jammu by renovating and reconstructing the sports infrastructure in a phased manner. He said that massive sports infrastructure has been created across the State over the past five and half years to revive the sports culture in every corner of the State and provide talented youth an opportunity to refine their skills.
Mr. Bhalla said that there is no dearth of sports talent in the State and government is making all out efforts to provide opportunities to the youth and nurture their talent.
The Minister asked the officers to seek cooperation of the education and other departments, besides local sports clubs to organize sports events as it would help to promote sports culture in particular areas. He said only sports can help channelize the energy of youth for constructive purpose.
Mr. Bhalla said the Government has started several mega projects to strengthen and upgrade sports infrastructure adding that crores of rupees has been earmarked for construction of latest technique stadiums in tehsil and district levels so that sports lovers could get adequate opportunity to prepare for national and international competitions.
The Minister said upgraded infrastructure facilities would help the budding sportspersons to do well in national and international level competitions. He said Government has launched several schemes to provide enough opportunities to the sportsmen to channelise their energies and excel in different sports activities.
Mr. Bhalla urged the youth to participate in co-curricular activities besides academic education. He said co-curricular activities are essential for making the students physically and mentally fit. He appealed the students to participate in sports activities in a big way besides pursuing academic education.