STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan on Friday directed Senior Additional Advocate General (Sr AAG) S.S Nanda to take instructions with regard to the proposal of the State Government for developing sports infrastructure in the Jammu Province. While hearing a PIL seeking direction to JKCA for immediately starting the construction of International Stadium at Bajalta in Jammu after the release of already sanctioned amount of Rs. 100 crores, the DB observed that the earlier order in which this court directed Deputy Commissioner, Jammu to ensure that the BCCI team is accompanied by the revenue officials as well as officials from the Building Department to facilitate the inspection by the BCCI, has not been complied. Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi appearing for the BCCI submitted that letter dated January 16, 2019 was specifically communicated to the Deputy Commissioner, Jammu. A copy thereof has been furnished to S.S Nanda, Sr. AAG as well. DB directed that let a copy of this court’s last order and letter dated January 16, 2019 be furnished to the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu who shall ensure compliance of aforesaid order. DB further observed that there is no reason as to why the Central and the State Governments are not enhancing the availability of the facilities for sports other than the Cricket in the State. “In this regard this Court has taken suo moto cognisance of the matter with regard to sports infrastructure which has been registered as PIL No. 25/2018 and the following order has been recorded that during the consideration of PIL No. 09/2017 relating to insufficiency of parks and open spaces in Srinagar, yet another issue regarding deficiency of sports facilities in the State of Jammu and Kashmir has come to the fore. In fact, most of the sports in which India is competing at the international level are completely absent from the State. It is common knowledge that even in Srinagar, there are barely three to four stadiums. The status in Jammu is not much better”, the court observed adding that sports facilities must be made available to every child, youth and resident in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. “The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has an essential responsibility to ensure that sports facilities mentioned in PIL No. 25/2018 are provided to every person who is a resident of or visits the State of Jammu and Kashmir. “There is no reason at all as to why the Government of India as well as the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and the sports bodies ought not to be required to ensure provisions of the sporting facilities in the State of Jammu and Kashmir”, the court observed. “Given the extreme lack of sporting facilities in the entire State of Jammu and Kashmir, we are compelled to take up this issue in the writ petition so as to ensure mandate of the Constitution of India as well as the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. Let this matter be registered as a Public Interest Litigation”, the court observed. Earlier, Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi has made a suggestion for creating a sport city wherein integrated facilities could be created for various sports and facilities towards accommodation for coaches as well as the players and the visiting teams could be developed. DB further directed that a report in this regard shall also be placed before this court on the next date of hearing. Let views of the Central government be also obtained by the ASGI.
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