STATE TIMES NEWSSRINAGAR: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to review all arrangements put in place for first ever Winter Games under Khelo India (a National Programme for development of sports). The mega national event will commence on March 7 and will conclude on March 11 at Gulmarg. The meeting was informed that 830 players from different parts of the country will participate in 30 events which include Snow Skiing, Snow Boarding, Cross country, Snow show, Snow Cycling and other snow-based events.
To provide hassle free facilities to players and other concerned, threadbare discussion were held in the meeting regarding facilitation centre, hospitality and protocol services, receiving of guests, transportation and plan, boarding and lodging, procurement of materials and equipment, technical requirements, press publicity, cultural programme, food, maintenance of snow slopes, area domination, security, magistracy, medical camps, event management and other arrangements. The Divisional Commissioner directed concerned officers to set up round the clock control rooms at Srinagar, Tangmarg and Gulmarg in which officers from PHE, PDD, Medical, Police, SDRF and concerned Magistrates will sit in to monitor all activities with backup plan till the culmination of the mega sporting event. The Deputy Commissioner Baramulla will set Media centre in Gulmarg in which all requisite facilities should be provided to the national media. Besides, he will establish medical camps at various locations with doctors, other staff with medicine and ambulances. Health Department will screen all players at Airport and on National Highway to check Coronovirus symptoms. In case of any exigency, department will initiate immediate measures for particular case. CEO Gulmarg Development Authourity (GDA) will supervise all arrangements and submit daily report to Deputy Commissioner Baramulla. The Divisional Commissioner issued various directions to the concerned officers and exhorted for inter-departmental coordination so that the national mega event become a grand success. Additional Commissioner Kashmir Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Chief Engineers of KPDCL, PW (R&B) Dept, Joint Director, Information Harris Ahmad Handoo, Secretary J&K Sports Council, GM SRTC, GM J&K Cable Car Corporation, Divisional Sports Officer, CEO GDA, Joint Director Youth Services and Sports and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.
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