Though the Punjab government might be busy in claiming that there is no dearth of funds to ensure the facilitation of development works in the state, yet the foundation stone laid for the astro turf for hockey several months ago here, remains as it is and no work has been started to construct the turf.
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, accompanied by Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma, had laid the foundation stone of the hockey astro turf stadium, adjoining the city stadium, on February 14.
"It's a matter of proud that out of the ten sportspersons, appointed recently as DSP by the Punjab Police, three hail from Ferozepur but, at the same time, it is a sorry state of affairs that successive governments fail to add to sports facilities so that more and more youth can excel in sports," said Dr Harsh Bhola, a sports lover.
"During the matches of second World Kabaddi Cup in 2011 here, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had announced to rebuild the local sports stadium, besides providing other infrastructure, but nothing has been done. Ironically, for the past two years not even a single match of the World Kabaddi Cup was organised in the district though new stadiums were established in Fazilka and Jalalabad," said Gulshan Monga, an advocate.
Had the governments taken steps to channelise the energy and enriched talent of the youth not only a number of international sportspersons could have been produced, but many youth could also have been saved from the fatal clutches of drugs, commented Parminder Singh Pinki, local Congress MLA.
"The delay is inexplicable after the CM had made various announcements, including the hockey stadium. Either the political machinery lied to the people, or the administration has acted as a roadblock," said Shalinder Bhalla, a member of the Ferozepur Bar Council.
Deputy commissioner DPS Kharbanda said: "In a recent meeting, Punjab chief secretary had given a nod to lay down the astro turf at and a grant of Rs 10.81 crore had also been sanctioned. Tenders for the same have been issued and very soon work would commence on it."