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Sports dept's plot being used to dump garbage

punjab Updated: Jan 27, 2014 23:35 IST
Raghbir Singh Brar
Raghbir Singh Brar
Hindustan Times
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A chunk of land belonging to the sports department around the Farid indoor gymnasium, which could have been developed as a playground to promote sports, is being used by the locals to dump garbage, giving it an ugly look.

Above all, the district administration adds to the mess by holding annual livestock championship, Baba Farid Mela and uses it as a parking lot when some important function is being held near Nehru stadium.

About 2 acres of land could serve a great purpose for the budding sportspersons as playgrounds can be prepared here, but neither the district administration nor sports department seems to be inclined to develop it while there is hardly any space these days for children or budding sportspersons to play and they can be seen playing on streets and roads in the town.

"The district administration is spoiling the vacant plot by misusing it for activities other than sports. It was an old football ground and now its condition is so bad that it cannot be used for sports," said Gurdit Singh Sekhon, mukh sevadar of Baba Farid Basketball Club, Faridkot.

"It can be used for playing kabaddi, volleyball or basketball by budding players, but the sports clubs and players do not clean it as it is again spoiled by the district administration and locals," said Sekhon.

Sources claimed that the space in front of the Farid indoor gymnasium has been spared for a tennis ground but it is badly damaged by parking of vehicles and by using it for other purposes during functions held at the stadium.

Holding of annual events such as Baba Farid Mela and livestock championships damage the ground, boundary walls and gates due to a huge rush.

There is a residential colony nearby and many residents throw garbage into the ground from above the boundary wall.

"The plot could be very useful for players if it is developed as a playground as such open plots are not available in the town. Even the girls visit here daily to practice kabaddi. While they have prepared a small court in one corner, the surrounding area is all dirty," said Narinderjeet Singh Brar, associate professor at government Brijindra college, Faridkot.

Sources claimed that besides its boundary walls and ground, the gates of the stadium have also been damaged.

"The sports department finds it difficult to stop locals from dumping garbage as they resort to this activity again. But I shall get it cleaned," said Karam Singh, district sports officer, Faridkot.

"We have also sent the estimates to increase the height of the boundary wall and work would be done when we get the funds," he added.

Faridkot deputy commissioner Mohammad Tayyab had agreed to get the ground cleaned.

"Even the sports clubs can clean it and make ground fit for sports provided it is not spoiled again," said Gurdit Singh Sekhon.