Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], September 12 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha along with Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh and Union Minister of Youth and Sports, Kiren Rijiju jointly laid the e-foundation stone of Arun Jaitley Memorial Sports Complex, Hiranagar in Kathua district on Saturday.
"The upcoming Rs 58.23 crore mega-sports complex is going to be spread over 270 kanals of land, being undertaken under the Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP) and it will go a long way in accentuating the overall Sports Infrastructure in the Union Territory," read a release from LG office.
"It is pertinent to mention that the Arun Jaitley Memorial Sports Complex will have a state-of-the-art synthetic athletic track, Synthetic Hockey Field, Synthetic Turf Football Ground, Multipurpose Hall, Swimming Pool, Cricket Ground, Skating Rink, Boxing Rink, tuck shops, and other basic amenities," it added.
The State of the Art Sports Complex will have multiple sports facilities of international/national standards in one place. Falling in close vicinity of national highway 44, the project shall not only cater to the Hiranagar area but the whole of J-K and would be an important place for hosting national and international events.
Remembering Arun Jaitley, the Lt Governor said he was an outstanding parliamentarian, a legal stalwart, an eminent intellectual, an able administrator, and an immaculate statesman who believed in the high ideals of transparency and accountability in governance. Jaitley's contribution to nation-building and his role in Indian polity has been exceptional.
The e-foundation stone was laid in presence of Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan; Union Secretary of Sports, Ravi Mittal; Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam; Secretary, Youth Services and Sports, J&K, Sarmad Hafeez, and Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, who along with senior officers and scores of political leaders were present at the venue and joined the online event.
Family members of Arun Jaitley, including his wife Sangeeta Jaitley, and his daughter also participated in the event through the online mode.
The Lt Governor remarked that the government of India is very keen to provide the basic necessary infrastructure for promoting sports culture in J-K and the region has been privileged to get Rs 200 crore under PMDP for developing sports infrastructure.
Out of 22 sanctioned sports complexes, eight have already been dedicated to the public and efforts are being made for speedy completion of the remaining, announced the Lt Governor.
In this respect, the Lt Governor also lauded the efforts being made by the Union Government for the promotion of sports activities nationwide.
"Treading the part of accountability and transparency as shown by Arun Jaitley, the UT administration has recently launched online Grievance Redressal System-JKIGRAMS, through which any citizen of J-K would be able to file his grievance with the UT administration for prompt and speedy disposal. This perhaps would be a befitting tribute to the leader of impeccable integrity," he maintained.
The Lt Governor observed that there is no dearth of talent in J-K and that the same shall be identified and nurtured by proper training and infrastructure.
"With enough training, the J-K youth would easily prove their mettle at any forum," he said.
Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister, during his address, outlined that the Mega Sports Complex is a tribute to the Arun Jaitley; fulfilling the long pending demand of the public of the area.
Kiren Rijiju remarked that the Union Ministry is committed to augmenting the overall sports scenario in the region and will extend full support for the same.
Prominent cricketer form the region, Mithun Manhas also participated in the event through video conferencing. (ANI)