NEW DELHI: Sports infrastructure in J&K is getting a major push as the Centre has kick-started the process of creating facilities for football, hockey, basketball and athletics, among others.
J&K administration has invited bids for building three new synthetic football turfs in Jammu, Rajouri and Nagrota as per FIFA’s global standards, a hockey synthetic turf in Poonch, a synthetic athletic track in Jammu University, seven synthetic basketball courts,
17 synthetic handball court .27 new synthetic volleyball courts, 29 synthetic badminton courts and two new skating rinks in Jammu division.
All these projects, for which bids have been invited through the J&K Sports Council in the past few days and are likely to be awarded by October, are expected to be completed by the end of this year as deadlines of just one-two months have been specified.
“The international-standard synthetic playfields for various sport disciplines will allow J&K’s sportsmen to practice in a better manner and prepare them to complete and excel in prominent national and international competitions,” a senior J&K official involved in the exercise told ET.
The J&K football team has consistently thrown up promising talent. Srinagar has a synthetic turf TRC football ground, which was opened in 2014 and made flood light-lit so that it could host national-level competitions.
The J&K Bank football team is a formidable team on the league arena and the national stage. The new synthetic hockey turf in Poonch will be the second in J&K while sports such as handball, volleyball and badminton can attract talent too, said central government officials.
While a synthetic football or hockey turf of international standards can cost up to Rs 5 crore along with a maintenance contract, a synthetic athletic track can cost up to Rs 6 crore.
A synthetic handball court can cost up to Rs 30 lakh, a new basketball court upwards of Rs 32 lakh and a volleyball court about Rs 12 lakh. The Centre has a special package for the augmentation of sports infrastructure in J&K as well as under the ‘Khelo India’ national scheme.