SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday dedicated the upgraded and revamped Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar to the sportspersons of Jammu and Kashmir.
The launch of the upgraded stadium coincided with the third anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370.
Terming the occasion as “historic”, Sinha said the upgradation of the stadium at the cost of ₹59 crores is one more step towards realising the high-spirited dreams and aspirations of the youth to earn glory through their performances on the field.
“Bakshi Stadium has been a central place of youth for decades, nurturing many dreams and making local sportspersons famous all over the country. This stadium infused the passion of sports into the lives of millions of people and the legacy has been passed to the new generation,” he said.
There were clear directions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to develop MA Stadium in Jammu as per ICC standards and Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar as per the standards of FIFA, Sinha added.
Lauding the determination and dedication of J&K’s young sportspersons, the Lt Governor said that the UT administration has assigned top priority to nurture a flourishing sports culture among youth at grass-root level in order to identify their talent and provide them opportunities to showcase their skills.
Massive expansion of sports infrastructure is taking place in J&K, he stated.
“New sports facilities are being developed, world class coaching is being provided to hone the skills of the sportspersons from various sports disciplines,” the Lt Governor observed.
The Lt Governor also informed that Ellahi Bagh Stadium in Downtown Srinagar is ready and will be dedicated to the people before August 15.