Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan chaired a meeting to review the CAPEX Budget for 2021-22 of Youth Services & Sports Department and J&K Sports Council.

The meeting in detail discussed the physical and financial status of various projects including mega projects being executed in Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Youth Services & Sports, Alok Kumar; Director Youth Services and Sports Department, Gazanfar Ali; Secretary J&K Sports Council, Ms Nuzhat Gul and other concerned.

Advisor Khan held detailed deliberations on various important issues regarding the overall development of sports activities as well as infrastructure.

He called upon the concerned to push their respective teams for the completion of all the projects within given timelines and urged them to maintain the balance of physical and financial achievements.

On the occasion, separate presentations were given wherein the status of the various ongoing and new works of the twin departments with respect to the development of sports infrastructure was provided.

Under CAPEX Budget head for YSS Department, the meeting was informed that for ongoing works, Rs 607.28 lakh was released, of which Rs 161.31 has been expended. Similarly, for new works Rs 1334.38 lakh were released, out of which Rs 205.08 lakh has been incurred under CAPEX Budget. Further, out of 68 ongoing projects, 34 have been completed while as out of 101 new works nine have been completed.

Likewise, for JK Sports Council, it was given out that Rs 97.88 Crore were allocated for different works and Rs 55 crore have been released for both the Ongoing and New works which include 41 (Ongoing works ) and 262 (New works).

The meeting also discussed the status of works being executed by Sports Council at KK Haku Stadium and Bakhshi Stadium. Besides, the status of the upgradation of parade football ground including the pavilion and other arena facilities.

Speaking on the occasion, Advisor Farooq Khan impressed upon the concerned officers to issue all the tenders immediately after the completion of formalities so that the remaining works would be finished at the earliest.

While stressing upon the importance of improved and world-class sports infrastructure in the region, he exhorted upon the concerned to ensure timely completion of all the sports projects on time.

While appreciating the work done of the two departments in the development of sports infrastructure in J&K, the Advisor reaffirmed that the government is committed to provide world-class sports infrastructure as various mega projects are nearing completion and those would be dedicated to people soon.

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