With the liberal funding by the central government, sports infrastructure is coming up in the villages through panchayats also and the projects are being completed within the timeline.
Sports budget for Jammu and Kashmir is higher than the biggest several states of the country and infrastructure is being augmented to the highest level and the J & K government is keen to provide a platform to the youth. Bakshi stadium which was in dilapidated condition due to poor policies of earlier regimes was dedicated to the public after being upgraded and revamped at a cost of Rs. 59 crores. “Bakshi Stadium has been a central place of youth for decades, nurturing many dreams and making local sportspersons famous all over the country. This Stadium infused the passion of sports into the lives of millions of people and the legacy has been passed to the new generation.
There were clear directions from the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to develop MA Stadium in Jammu as per ICC Standards and Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar as per FIFA Standards.
Sports sector in the UT is witnessing rapid development. World class facilities and coaching is being extended to the youth at grass root level to showcase their talent in various sports disciplines. The officials are redoubling their efforts to make J & K a sporting hub of the country. Recently Manoj Sinha inaugurated sports infrastructure projects worth Rs 18.10 cr and dedicated the new sports facilities to the local youth. The projects inaugurated include Synthetic Football Turf at Khel Gaon Nagrota worth Rs 5 cr; Mini Stadium at Bhour Camp, Chatha costing Rs 1 cr and Playfield at Purmandal at a cost of Rs 2 cr. The Mini Stadium at Bhour Camp will benefit 5000 youth by accommodating games like Cricket, Volleyball, Kabaddi.