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Stadium encroached upon, sportspersons cry foul

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, August 30

Some residents of Bishanpura Khokhar village in Sangrur district had been using a stadium to prepare and store cow dung cakes while budding sportspersons had been forced to practise on the roads or in the fields.

On August 27, a group of youth met the Moonak Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO) to get the stadium free of encroachment.

"We met the BDPO to get encroachments removed from the stadium. We have met officials concerned numerous times, but to no avail," alleged Kuldeep Singh, a youth from the village.

Villagers informed that the stadium was constructed on three acres in 2017, but some residents started preparing cow dung cakes in the stadium within a few days of its completion.

"We have to practise on the roads and in the fields due to lack of space. The government must act to get the encroachments removed. Cow dung cakes should be shifted to another place," said Maninder, another youth.

Former sarpanch Gurjant Singh said in 2017, they had spent around Rs 8 lakh on the stadium, but the youth were not able to utilise the facility. "Officials are least bothered to remove the encroachments from the stadium," he alleged.

Moonak BDPO Savinder Singh confirmed that youth from Bishanpura Khokhar village had met him. He said he would soon get the encroachment removed from the stadium.

from The Tribune

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