Uri locals seek relocation of under construction Indoor Stadium

Srinagar, Nov 2: Inhabitants of border town Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district have demanded the relocation of Indoor Stadium Uri which is currently under construction.
The Indoor stadium is being built in Ramgai village of Uri, some 10- kilometres away from the main town Uri. It is being built by the Roads and Building (R&B) department Uri at an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore and over 40% of the work has already been completed.

Locals said that it has come to their surprise that the stadium is being built far away from the main town.
“I am disappointed to see the chosen site for the Indoor stadium in Uri, which is situated in a remote village and off the main road. The whole community of Uri must be able to access this public asset. Let’s
make sure that every resident benefits from the smart placement of public facilities,” said Naveed Bukhtiyar, a local social activist.

Abrar Bhat, a sports enthusiast, said that it is unfortunate that the government has failed to procure the land in the main town of Uri or a nearby village for the construction of the stadium.
“Current location is far away. It is also located on a hilltop. In fact, one has to cross the Uri Army Brigade first to reach the stadium. We demand that this Indoor Stadium should be built near the main town Uri,” he said.

“Nobody is going to visit this stadium as it is located in a village. Moreover, it is being built at a place close to the LoC and is prone to cross-border shelling. This is a complete waste of the money,” said Muhammad Hanief Chachi, another local.
They have appealed to the DC Baramulla and LG administration to look into the matter.

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