18 yrs on, no sight of stadium at Kot-Ise-Khan town
It was supposed to be a sports stadium, but the land earmarked for the same in Kot-Ise-Khan town, has turned into a garbage dump over the years. The foundation stone of the stadium was laid 18 years ago with much fanfare, but the district administration failed to initiate the work on the project.punjab Updated: Oct 17, 2013 00:44 IST
It was supposed to be a sports stadium, but the land earmarked for the same in Kot-Ise-Khan town, has turned into a garbage dump over the years. The foundation stone of the stadium was laid 18 years ago with much fanfare, but the district administration failed to initiate the work on the project.
Sportspersons and people of Kot-Ise-Khan were happy at the time when the foundation stone for the construction of Guru Gobind Singh Stadium was laid by then education minister Lakhmeer Singh Randhawa on February 17, 1995.
Parkash Singh, president of Guru Gobind Singh Club, Kot-Ise-Khan, said that the said stadium project was a perfect example how politicians befool people. "The government didn't spend a single penny on this project after laying the foundation stone,"he said.
Manavpreet Singh, resident of Sundar Nagar of Kot-Ise-Khan, said that the land earmarked for the stadium was being used as garbage dump. "Some local youth clubs have been making efforts to clean the space so that it could be used for sports activities, but their efforts fall short of making a difference,"Manavpreet said.
Lakhvir Singh Lakha, president of the local truck union, said, "Over the years we have written to almost all political leaders who matter, including chief minister Parkash Singh Badala and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, but to no avail. Young sports enthusiasts and sports lovers are very much upset over the government indifference,"he said.
Former agriculture minister and local MLA Tota Singh, when contacted, said, "Since the state government has now given the status of municipal council to Kot-Ise-Khan village, people can hope for the best.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal will organise a 'sangat darshan' at Kot-Ise-Khan in November and I will discuss the stadium issue with the CM then. This year there will be some progress on this front."