PBCC slams LDA, ap­peals to CM Pun­jab to take no­tice

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

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

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