JAC demands fund to complete pending stadium at Aalo

AALO, Feb 22: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) has demanded the state government to allocate required funds for early completion of the outdoor stadium here, which was sanctioned under SPA 2013-14.

In a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister Pema Khandu through West Siang deputy commissioner on Monday, they committee also demanded for a letter of assurance from the government for allocation of Rs 35 crore for the stadium in the upcoming Budget Session scheduled from February 25 next.

The JAC during the day also organized a public rally here on Monday in protest against the inordinate delay in construction of the stadium.

The committee in the memorandum pointed out that the district not only produced numerous top class politicians and proficient officers of the state, but also is the proud originator of sportsmen of the highest caliber of the likes of legend footballers Mugdo Ete, Ranji debuts Ginjum Bomjen, Subroto stars Kanki Darang, Pasang Onge, Jarsa Gamlin and Indian international football ace Gumpe Rime to name a few.

“The district have been blessed by the mother nature with talented sporting luminaries along with the zeal and loves towards sports not only by the sports enthusiasts but also by the common public and villagers, who hardly had times for games and sports but are ardent fans of sport. Aalo, the headquarters of the district had been the epicenter of all games & sports activities since the 70s,” the memorandum said.

The JAC added that the very enthusiasm in its long way had evolved for a need of stadium for the upcoming sports enthusiasts. Eventually, the demand for a stadium was proposed in the year 1995, which was unfortunately shifted to Jengging in Upper Siang to the nightmare of the sports lovers here.

Though the government was kind enough to accept the long awaited project and sanctioned the scheme under SPA during the 2013-14, however, the tender formalities took time due to re-routing of the project from the erstwhile Planning Commission to the present Niti Aayog. Finally, the construction works starts on March 6, 2017 with 24 months as completion target.

“It is disheartening to note that even after elapse of four long years, the project is yet to be completed. Only 10-15 per cent of structure has been achieved till by the construction agency, the TK Engineering & Consortium. On further enquiry, it was disclosed that only Rs 9 crore was released till date,” the memo said.

“The project has already been delinked from central government, as the Special Plan Allocation (SPA) has been relinquished by the present union government. Whereas the same projects at Yupia, Ziro, Pasighat and Daporijo sanctioned in the same year have been completed which was executed by the Urban Development & Housing Department, the projects at Aalo, Tezu and Chimpu which are being executed by sports department is yet to see any tangible progress even after the expiry of targeted completion year,” the JAC pointed out.

It added that the construction works of the stadium has been literally stopped by the agency, citing the paucity of funds. And it is learnt that another 35 crore is now required for its completion.

“The sports department, which is the nodal agency, too had expressed its regrets regarding the project completion as no fund had been allocated by the government even after repeated pleas and proposals,” the committee lamented.

“The Joint Action Committee, a conglomeration of NGOs of the district, headed by Galo People’s Federation (GPF) wish to bring to your kind notice with a request that your farsightedness may kindly place Rs 35 crore for construction of the stadium with a Letter of Assurance to this effect from the state government in the upcoming Budget Session 2021-2022, the memorandum added.

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