LEH: The Minister for Urban Development & Local Bodies Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora along with CEC, LAHDC, Leh, Mr. Rigzin Spalbar laid the foundation stone of Multipurpose Indoor Stadium here today, the project will be built under PYKKA/USIS scheme of Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.
The stadium having seating capacity of 1000 spectators is a project to come up at an estimated cost of Rs. 797.68 lakhs, out of which Rs. 600 lakhs have been sanctioned by the Government of India and balance expenditure will be borne by LAHDC, Leh. The multipurpose stadium on its completion will have one basket ball, volleyball and a handball court each, three badminton courts, eight table tennis courts with two practice rooms, one dispensary, six player dorms, two change rooms, one gymnasium, one exercise room, one equipment store and two public conveniences.
Addressing the gathering of councilors, officers and students Mr. Jora expressed great happiness over the commencement of such a vital project, in addition to the construction of an open stadium at Spituk near Airport the work on which started last year at a cost of Rs. 20.35 crores. He said that with the completion of these national level stadiums the youth of the region will have an opportunity to excel in sports at various levels.
Terming sports as an important part of education, Mr. Jora stressed upon the students to take sports seriously to build their career in, pointing to the fact that athletes of mountainous regions have a biological advantage when performing in the plains. Appreciating the achievements of present council under the dynamic leadership of CEC Mr. Rigzin Spalbar, the Minister said that at present an unprecedented number of projects worth Rs. 1500 crores are under execution in Leh and termed this period as a golden era of development in Leh district.
Congratulating the people especially the youth, CEC Mr. Rigzin Spalbar said that an indoor stadium with modern facilities was one of the long pending demands of the district and said that after the completion of this stadium it will benefit not only the present day youth but will also be an asset for the generations to come.
Earlier, Executive Councilor for Sports Gyurmet Dorjey speaking on the occasion gave an overview of the project in detail.
All the Executive Councilors, Councilors, Presidents of LBA, Moin-ul-Islam and Hindu Sabha Leh were also present on the occasion.