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  • Reviews pace of progress on ongoing works

JAMMU: Secretary Youth Services & Sports (YSS) and Information, Sarmad Hafeez today took a detailed review of mega Sports projects being executed in the state under Prime Ministers Development Programme (PMDP) here at a meeting of concerned officers. The Secretary took stock of the ambitious sports projects including establishment of 22 Indoor Sports Stadiums costing Rs. 4 crore each, upgradation of Bakshi stadium Srinagar (Rs 44 crore) and   MA stadium, Jammu (Rs. 40 crore), renovation of sports stadium in Rajouri and Poonch at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 crore each and Udhampur at Rs 3.68 crore, Water Sports Centers in Srinagar and Ranjit Sagar Dam involving Rs. 2 crore each, lighting project at Srinagar at Rs. 2.8 crore. 

It was informed in the meeting that about 7 sports projects being executed by State Sports Council will be ready by March 2019, while the tendering process for 3 other projects has been done. The work on MA stadium, being executed by NPCC, is also expected to be completed by March 2019 in view of satisfactory progress on the project. Besides, it was also informed that out of 22 Indoor sports halls, 12 are being executed by State Sports Council and 10 by JKPCC.

Regarding up-gradation work on Bakshi Stadium at Srinagar, the Secretary asked NPCC to accelerate the pace of progress on the project and work in double shifts to ensure its timely completion. The Secretary, while taking stock of projects being executed by JKPCC, emphasized the need for further expediting the work progress so that these vital sports projects are completed within the prescribed time limit.

It was informed in the meeting that the detailed project report for water sports centre at Ranjit Sagar Dam Kathua has been submitted by the State Sports Council to the State government. Appreciating the progress on all the prestigious sports projects being executed by State Sports Council and other executing agencies, the Secretary said that this reflects the efficiency and dedication of the officers engaged in such vital works which inspires others also to replicate them for optimum outcome. He expressed hope that all concerned would put in hard efforts to ensure speedy execution of their respective works as delay in completion of works mars the objective of launching such development projects. The meeting was attended by senior officers of Sports Council, Youth Services & Sports and JKPCC.

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UDHAMPUR: With an aim to bring in communal harmony and to inculcate sportsman spirit amongst the students, a 'Chess Competition' was conducted by the Indian Army at Government Middle School, Kanthan, Reasi. The competition saw whole hearted participation from the school students. The event proved to be another step in augmenting the Army's efforts to promote positive youth development through sports and thereby provide a platform to showcase the hidden talent of local populace, especially the youth. A total of 49 students participated in the competition. Prizes were distributed to the students who scored top three positions. The principal expressed his gratitude towards the Indian Army for organising such events to motivate the youth of the region.

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JAMMU:  The Surinsar Mansar Twin lakes were thronged by hundreds of enthusiastic trekkers on the occasion of Mansar Great Trek Festival. The event was marked by organising a trekking event on four different nature trails culminating at Mansar lake. The trekkers were flagged off from Surinsar, Mahoregarh, Manwal and Baarigarh respectively. All the treks were manned by forest officials from Department Of Wildlife, Directorate of Social Forestry and Territorial Forest Divisions under Eco Tourism Initiative. The trekking routes were opened for trekking after carrying out a recce of the nature trails by the forest department and its allied agencies.

The aim of Ecotourism initiative was to promote adventure activities in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner. The Wildlife Department has already introduced battery operated vehicles at Mansar to reduce carbon footprints. Director Tourism, OP Bhagat and Director, State Forest Research Institute OP Sharma Vidyarthi IFS along with S. Bhattacharjee, Chairman, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, North Zone and Satpal DFO Jammu flagged off the trekking expedition from Surinsar lake destination.

Deputy Commissioner Udhampur Ravinder Kumar flagged off trekking expedition from Manwal and Baarigarh respectively in the presence of Kaiser Malik, Tehsildar Majalta, Suraj Chander Jasrotia, ETO Udhampur Reasi Excise Range and Sahil Bhagotra ETO.  Dr Kaushal Sharma SSP Samba flagged off the trekkers from Mahoregarh to Mansar in the presence of Rajan Sharma, XEN SMDA, Preeti Sharma, ETO Samba Excise Range and Umesh Shan AD Tourism.

Under the Corporate Social Responsibility Department of Excise provided refreshments to the participants and made them aware about the ill effects of drug abuse and need for greater participation in sports and adventure activities among youth. Telecom Company Airtel also gave caps and T-shirts to the participants. The Press Club Jammu in collaboration with SMDA launched a unique initiative of bringing a group of budding journalists to trek and cover the four treks so as to make them popular among tourists through social media. Ashwani Kumar, President Press Club Jammu was also present on the occasion.

Trekkers from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University SMVDU, Central University CU,Bhargava College, Tawi Trekkers, GHSS Kathar, GHSS Khoon, GHSS Majalta, GHSS Thial, GHSS Surinsar, GHS Thalora,Dream India School Higher Secondary School Manwal,Adarsh Shiksha Niketan Channi Himmat,DPL Samba and others participated in the Trek Fest. The mega event was organised by Surinsar Mansar Development Authority under Mansar Sunday Series in collaboration with Directorate of Tourism.