Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, on Thursday visited SK Stadium Sonwar to inspect the ground and other requisite facilities. Chief Secretary was accompanied by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz, Commissioner, SMC, Athar Aamir Khan and other officers. During the inspection, Chief Secretary directed the officers to develop a comprehensive plan for development of the stadium in all respects. He said that sports development is top priority of the government and all necessary measures for up gradation of sports infrastructure need to be followed in letter and spirit. He expressed dismay over dilapidated surroundings of the stadium and asked the officers to properly maintain the environs of this vital sports facility with focus on development of facade of the stadium. Taking a detailed round of the stadium, Chief Secretary stressed upon the concerned officers to expedite pace of works on beautification of the stadium so that it is completed within the stipulated time frame. He also directed the concerned officers to increase sports activities in the stadium saying that it should be brimming with sports activities throughout the year. Later, Chief Secretary visited Sher-i-Kashmir Indoor stadium and took stock of progress on sports infrastructure development works. Chief Secretary directed the concerned officers to ensure that all quality parameters are taken care of during execution of all works there.

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