Excelsior Sports Correspondent
BHADERWAH, Feb 15: District Development Commissioner (DDC) Doda, Vikas Sharma today chaired a meeting of stakeholder departments here at Dak Bungalow Bhaderwah to discuss the modalities and arrangements to be put in place in advance for hosting Snow Skiing event at picturesque Jai Valley among other sports events under Sansad Khel Spardha.
It was informed that the Sansad Khel Spardha would witness sports events in different disciplines at Panchayat, Block, District, and constituency levels as per the directions of Union Minister of State, Dr Jitendra Singh.
The contours for the event were worked out in a meeting chaired by the MOS and attended by all DDC Chairpersons and DCs, held earlier, the meeting informed. It was also decided to hold winter skiing as an initiative for boosting the winter sports and tourism in mountainous Bhaderwah Valley.
The District Administration, BDA and Youth Services and Sports Department pursued the proposal and discussed the plan with other stakeholders, prominently 4 RR (Army) Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering, Forest and Police Departments to seek their collaboration.
Reviewing the arrangements, the DYSSO informed the DC that around 3300 U-17 players drawn from 237 Panchayats and around 37 municipal wards would participate in different sports activities. He said the event would start with inter panchayat level competitions in kabaddi, wrestling, volleyball, and athletics during which the potential players would be identified for next level competition.
On the suggestion of the house, Chess and Carrom were also included in the list of games, and the concerned were directed to frame a structural plan for the hassle free conduct of the event.
The DDC directed the DYSSO to coordinate with Police, Army, and other concerned departments to finalize the plan. He also constituted a core team comprising ADC Bhaderwah, CEO BDA, and Captain 4-RR to jointly take decisions and to give wide publicity to the event.
The DDC further directed the GREF to clear the road to Jai-Valley for smooth and hassle free access to the venue. The DFO Bhadarwah was directed to provide firewood at the venue of the event.
The meeting was attended by ADC Bhaderwah, CO 4RR, CEO BDA, OC GREF, DYSSO Doda, representatives of Hotel and Guest House Association and Tour and Travel/Trade Associations, Sanjay Kotwal and Ravinder Thakur and Incharge Jawahar Institute of mountaineering were also present.
Later, the DDC Doda also conducted a surprise inspection of SDH Bhaderwah and took stock of availability of doctors, staff, medicines and working of diagnostic equipment.