Srinagar: The Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Farooq Ahmad Khan Wednesday visited Bakshi Stadium and inspected several ongoing development works being executed there.
The stadium, located in the centre of Srinagar city, is undergoing massive renovation and upgradation being executed by the National Project Construction Corporation Limited with an estimated cost of Rs 40.85 crore.
On the occasion, the Engineers of NPCC briefed Advisor about the progress on works being executed on six amenity blocks, Ground, Main pavilions including old and new besides other works.
The Advisor expressed his dismay over the slow pace of work on the prestigious project and stressed upon the executing agency to expedite work progress on the project with double shifts so that it gets completed within the stipulated time frame.
The Advisor directed the concerned engineers for making adequate entry and exit points arrangements besides a proper drainage system around the stadium.
The Advisor asked the authorities of the Sports Council to monitor the progress on a regular basis to ensure timely completion of the works and submit a weekly progress report in this regard.
Later, the Advisor Khan also visited Sher-i-Kashmir Indoor Stadium and took stock of progress of sports infrastructure and other development works being carried by NPCC at the estimated cost of Rs 14.6 crore.
The Advisor inspected the renovation works and inspected different sections of the Stadium. He had a firsthand stock of the works being executed including heating and lighting arrangements, seating arrangement, VIP galley, flooring, boxing ring, basketball courts, and washrooms blocks.
On the occasion, Advisor Khan directed the executing agency to ensure quality of all the constructions and renovation works besides ensuring all basic facilities in accordance with the need of sports beginners, practicing players and for competition events.
He also stressed on preserving the aesthetic environs in the stadiums by providing traditional touch to the existing or under renovation buildings. He directed the concerned executing agency to pace up the remaining works at the stadium so that the facility would be dedicated to the sports persons at the earliest.
The Officer on Special Duty with the Advisor, Mohammad Ashraf Hakak, Divisional Sports Officer, Kashmir, Nuzhat Ara other concerned officers and engineers accompanied the Advisor during his visit.