Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 13: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Farooq Khan convened a meeting regarding conduct of Khelo India Winter Games, J&K scheduled to be held from March 7 to 11 at Gulmarg and to review preparedness thereof.
Secretary, Youth Services and Sports Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary, Tourism and Culture Zubair Ahmad, MD JKTDC, MD J&K Cable Car Corporation, Director General Youth Services and Sports, besides officers from Security, Traffic, Information, Hospitality and Protocol, JKSRTC, JMC, Tourism, J&K Sports Council, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages were present in the meeting.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, SSP, Baramulla, President Winter Games Association of J&K besides concerned officers from SMC, Tourism, RTO, Indian Institute of Ski and Mountaineering, Gulmarg attended the meeting through video conferencing.
During the meeting, threadbare discussions were held on various arrangements to be made for smooth conduct of Khelo India Winter Games including arrangements of Ski equipments and lifts, maintenance of slopes, branding for promotion of event at tourists spots, setting up of facilitation centre at Srinagar Airport, TRC and Jammu Tawi Railway Station, cleanliness and lighting of hotels, competition arena, road clearance from Tangmarg to Gulmarg, cable car service for the participants, nomination of coordinators and liaison officers and others.
Addressing the meeting, the Advisor said that for hiring of equipments, other things necessary for the conduct of games, the first preference should be given to local vendors. He directed for disaster management preparations to be put in place and that relief and rescue teams to be placed at appropriate places. He directed for joint control rooms to be made functional at prominent central locations.
The Advisor said that this is not just a sports event but an opportunity to showcase Jammu and Kashmir and its various attributes.
The Secretary asked the concerned to constitute committees for putting in places arrangements for the smooth conduct of the event including boarding, lodging and transport facilities for the guests and players, besides publicity of the event.