In a 50 Crore worth project, The National Projects Construction Corporation is going to build an international standard football stadium at Srinagar’s Bakshi Stadium.
According to the project, the state is expected to have fully operation football facility next year. All global premier events will be hosted in the stadium by the next year.
Assistant Project Manager Arshid Hussain informed that the objective of this construction project is to render footballers with international facilities as well as international coaches.
“The stadium is being constructed according to the FIFA norms. We have kept six amenity blocks which will have food courts and toilets. We are building a new pavilion to increase the space. This will include a commentary box, VVIP box and dressing halls. The ground will get a synthetic turf and there will be four floodlights,” he further added.
The stadium which is being constructed by the NPCC will accommodate more than 18,000 people in one go. Seating arrangements above the amenity blocks will be modified to accommodate almost 500 visitors at a time.
Besides, the main road of the stadium will be widened by nine meters featuring parking facilities and the ground will equipped with some drainage and irrigational system.
Local people and players have hailed the steps taken by the authorities. “The youth and sportsperson of Srinagar will get immense exposure by this step.
Moreover, this will also help in boosting business and economy of Srinagar,” Arif Bhat, one of the residents said.
Yawar Mushta, a local player said, “The stadium will host international matches. This will give a boost to the careers of local players with increased opportunities to play at higher levels.”