Parthe­nium has free run of Prithipal sta­dium

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Nidhi Bhanot

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

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