Gangtok, 15 Jan:
Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Jacob Khaling, today blamed the irresponsible work-culture of the previous government for the nearly ten years that sportspersons in South Sikkim have been left without a proper playground owing to the upgradation works at Bhaichung Stadium in Namchi which have been beset with delays. Stressing that the SKM Government was taking up promotion of sports on priority, he said that the stadium will now be made ready by March 2020.
Speaking to SummitTimes on the sidelines of a function here recently, Mr Khaling said that a generation of sportspersons has been denied due to the stalled project.
“The delay in completion of construction work at Bhaichung Stadium has not only destroyed the ground but has also killed the dreams of many sports enthusiasts,” he said.
The SDF government did not nurture sports properly and this misplaced priority was why the construction work of such an important stadium was delayed, he added.
Bhaichung Stadium, located at Purano Namchi in South Sikkim, is the only ground where local sportspersons can practice and play, he pointed out, adding, that due to the previous government’s lack of the interest in sports, the ambitious upgradation project was never prioritized and the work allowed to slacken leading to the inordinate delay.
The nearly decade long foot-dragging, he said, had snuffed out the spirit of sports enthusiasts in the district.
“It has been only seven months of the SKM Government, but already several schemes have been launched and pending works with regard to development of sports infrastructure expedited,” he said.
Among these fast-tracked works was Bhaichung Stadium, which Mr Khaling said, is now expected to be completed by March 2020.
Construction work on Bhaichung Stadium was started in the year 2011.