Sports Center needs proper upkeep, removal of encroachments

Staff Reportr

Multipurpose Sports Center is gradually turning into an ‘auto workshop’, apparently due to apathy and lack of care. The Sports Center, located in Sector G-10/4, is primarily meant for various outdoor games such as basketball, tennis court, exercise unit, cricket ground and practicing pitch.
Currently, it is being used for repairing, denting and painting of vehicles by auto workshops situated in the locality, thus usurping public rights and clearly violating Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) rules and regulations.
On enquiry, a motor mechanic said there was no parking space, so sports center is being used for ‘multipurpose’ workshop.
The mechanic was of the view that it was easy to criticize but difficult to find out a solution. He called for providing a place as had been provided for vegetables and fruits market, slaughter houses, and even for wedding halls etc.
A sport-lover Rizwan Ghauri said the youth of this sector were being deprived of games and other sports activities.
He said games, especially outdoor ones, were essential for the physical and mental fitness.
Another sportsman pointed out that besides workshops activities, the traders dumped garbage in the ground which had polluted the environment. In such an untidy atmosphere, no sportsman can put his health at risk, he added.
He urged the quarters concerned to take a prompt action by removing encroachments from the sports center.
An official of the CDA, requesting anonymity said the civic body in some cases was helpless as “ such people misuse their unions in case of strict action.” “So lighter sentences such as notices or fines, are imposed’ he added.

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