LDA to pro­vide land for blind cricket sta­dium

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LA­HORE—La­hore De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (LDA) has de­cided to pro­vide a piece of land at a suit­able place in­stead of Ferozpur for the con­struc­tion of a cricket sta­dium for blind crick­eters, end­ing a dis­pute be­tween the LDA and Pak­istan Blind Cricket Coun­cil (PBCC).

“We have iden­ti­fied a piece of land for build­ing blind cricket sta­dium and we will take ev­ery mea­sure to ad­dress the griev­ances of PBCC in this re­gard”, said Nabeel javed, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, LDA while talk­ing to APP here on Wed­nes­day.

He said LDA will of­fer suit­able piece of land to PBCC for the con­struc­tion of blind cricket sta­dium for the up­lift of blind cricket in the prov­ince and to end the dis­pute in an am­i­ca­ble way.

“We are equally sup­ple­ment­ing the on­go­ing ef­forts of the Pun­jab Govern­ment to pro­vide play grounds for en­gag­ing youth in healthy ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­vid­ing a cricket sta­dium for vis­ually im­paired crick­eters is a part of our plan to cre­ate fa­cil­i­ties for phys­i­cally hand­i­capped sports­men”, he said.

Chair­man, PBCC, Syed Sul­tan Shah said the dis­pute be­tween them and the LDA arose af­ter La­hore De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity stopped the con­struc­tion of the sta­dium on its pro­posed site at Ferozpur road on the grounds that the land was part of La­hore De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity City.

“Way back in 2004 we were al­lo­cated a piece of land on lease by the Pun­jab Govern­ment for the con­struc­tion of cricket sta­dium along with a mod­ern hos­tel to pro­vide most mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties to blind crick­eters and to have daily prac­tice at a place where all fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able un­der one roof”, he added.

He said on the di­rec­tion of the Pun­jab Govern­ment, Sports Board Pun­jab un­der­took the project of build­ing a sta­dium at the pro­posed site at Ferozpur road but as the con­struc­tion work was started few weeks ago the LDA stopped it on the pre­text that the land falls in the mas­ter plan of La­hore De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity city.

He said it was a very un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion for the blind crick­eters who were ex­pect­ing that fi­nally their own cricket fa­cil­ity will be built af­ter a long gap of 12 years.

“If La­hore De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity wants to give us an­other piece of land it should be at a suit­able place not far away from the city and it should be trans­ferred to PBCC on sim­i­lar terms and con­di­tions on which the land was given to us on lease by the Pun­jab Govern­ment at ear­lier place of Ferozpur road”, said PBCC Chair­man

“If these con­di­tions are not met we will not be in­ter­ested to get the land and we will con­tinue play­ing on dif­fer­ent grounds of the city like be­fore as cricket for blind suf­fered a lot in the past as well”,he added.—APP

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