Parthenium has free run of Prithipal stadium
The congress grass at Prithipal Hockey Stadium has not been removed so far even though the All India Hockey Tournament is all set to kick off on October 4 here and a women hockey league final is in progress.
On the other hand, the cases of dengue and swine flu are on rise in the city and the health authorities are asking everyone to keep their surroundings clean.
However, both the Punjab Sports Department and Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) authorities both are not paying any heed to the health department and district administration’s instructions, as the congress grass has grown up more than the level of the stairs at the entrance of spectator’s stand at the stadium.
Hockey players in the city rue: “At the entrance of the stadium we feel that we are in a jungle. One side of the hockey stadium is full of congress grass while other side is better comparatively. The grass should be cut immediately keeping in mind health of the players.”
When contacted, Ramandeep Grewal, deputy director ( sports), PAU, said he had already passed orders to cut congress grass at the stadium before the tournament. “Not only from the stadium, but also from the others fields at the PAU congress grass will be removed soon,” Grewal told