Many mini stadia, Khel Parisars unfit for sports in Hry: CAG

first_imgChandigarh, Apr 3 (PTI) Painting a grim picture of sports infrastructure in Haryana, the CAG has stated that several mini stadia and Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Khel Parisars (RGGKP) lack equipment and basic amenities such as power and water and are unfit for sports activities.Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in his report for the FY 2014-15, observed the deficiencies in maintenance of the infrastructure is bound to have an adverse impact on promotion of sports activities and nurturing talent.The CAG says in the report that a joint inspection with officials of Sports and Youth Affairs (SYA) department was conducted in six districts – Jhajjar, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Yamunanagar, Ambala and Fatehabad – to examine the infrastructure of 27 RGGKPs and 34 mini stadiums.CAG found playgrounds in 71 per cent of the stadiums and 70 per cent of the RGGKP bumpy and unfit for sports.”Playgrounds of 12 stadiums (35 per cent) in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Fatehabad and Bhiwani were in low lying areas. Nomadic animals were grazing in five stadiums (15 per cent) due to broken boundarywall, while agricultural waste were also scattered in the playgrounds in eight stadiums (24 per cent) making them unfit for sports activities,” the report said.Basketball net, volleyball net, football goalposts, badminton court, weightlifting equipment, etc were available only in 16 stadiums (47 per cent) and 23 RGGKPs (85 per cent), the CAG noted.Out of the 34 stadiums, electricity was not available in 32, water in 27, and bathromms in 28 of them, the report says.Out of the 27 RGGKPs, electricity, water, and bathrooms were not available in 19, 17, and 2 of them respectively.advertisementTwenty-two tubewells were installed at the RGGKPs but 21 of them were dysfunctional for the want of electricity connections and proper maintenance, it says, adding due to lack of water, toilets and bathrooms were not usable.It further said high tension power lines were passing over the playgrounds in six stadiums posing a major risk.Scrutiny of records of district sports and youth affairs officers (DSYAO) Ambala and Jhajjar showed that SYA Department transferred Rs 1.52 crore during October 2010 to July 2012 for construction of four stadiums and one Badminton Hall without ensuring the availability of land. (MORE) PTI CHS TIR SK TIRlast_img

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