PBCC slams LDA, appeals to CM Punjab to take notice
ISLAMABAD—PBCC on Monday lashed out at the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) for creating hurdles in constructing a stadium and hostel for the visually-impaired players and appealed to the Chief Minister of Punjab to take notice of the matter.
Talking to media persons, Pakistan Blind Cricket Council Chairman Syed Sultan Shah said PBCC had leased out a piece of land at Mauza Rakh Jhedu, Ferozepur Road, Lahore vide Secretary Colonies Department (letter No.5122-2004/3882-C.S (1), dated: December 1, 2004 and further vide mutation No.14 dated: March 30, 2005) for the Cricket Stadium for the Blind.
“Upon the special instruction of CM Punjab, the Sports Board Punjab has approved a scheme for the establishment of Cricket Stadium for the blind at the said piece of the land and construction work was started couple of weeks ago,” he said.
He said but LDA started laying hurdles in the development work and eventually the con- struction work was stopped on Sunday just on the pretext that the said Mauza (Village) falls under their proposed LDA City.
“The said piece of land was leased out to PBCC almost 12 years ago for the specific purpose of Stadium for the Blind and PBCC is still its lessee,” he said.
“LDA doesn’t own this land and stopping the construction is not only unjustified but also depriving the rights of Blind People to have their own first Cricket Ground in Pakistan,” he said.
He said instead of providing grounds to special person for sports, the LDA is snatching the sports facilities being provided by the CM Punjab.
“We therefore request the CM Punjab to take notice of the unjustified LDA actions and reinstate the construction work of the Cricket Ground of the Blind,” he said.
He said if LDA doesn’t stop laying hurdles in the construction of Cricket Ground then there will be no option left for us than to protest against them.—APP