In a step to resolve the long-waited grievances of the most neglected youth of merger tribal districts the govt of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has approved a record sports projects worth 1.5 billion for the up-gradation, rehabilitation and construction of new sports infrastructure.
The development schemes also initiated in education, health, road infrastructure, power supply, clean drinking water, irrigation, agriculture, tourism and above all sports coupled with a number of quick-impact projects.
Although development of other section as mentioned, yet quick action has been taken in the right direction by the Directorate General Sports KP to bring back smile on the faces tribal youth. The govt has initiating scores of projects to ensure playing field facilities to the traumatize youth, suffered badly due to insurgency and militancy in almost all 25 Tehsils.
It is a record allocation for the development of sports infrastructure, Senior Minister for Sports, Tourism, Culture, and Youth Affairs Muhammad Atif Khan while talking to APP here on Monday.
He said projects comprising of playing fields, facilities of indoor gymnasium, up-gradation and rehabilitation of existing facilities in all seven districts comprising Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Orakzai, Khurram, North Waziristan and South Waziristan and six sub-division including sub-Peshawar, sub-Kohat, sub-Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Tank and Sera Ismail Khan has been approved.
There will be 22 new schemes including 5 facilities in South Waziristan, 3 in the North Waziristan, 3 in Khurram, one in Khyber, 4 in Mohmand, 3 in Orakzai and 4 in Bajaur besides 12 facilities would be up-gradated and six would be rehabilitated.
He said we have allocated Rs. 200 million for the recently held first Games in all across merger tribal districts in which a total of 3000 players in 31 different Games took part including female wherein Rs. 40 million has been allocated for all 25 Tehsil grounds. He said the overall breakup of the allocation including 257 million only for North Waziristan, Rs. 250 million for South Waziristan, Rs. 191 million for Bajaur, Rs. 110 million for Mohmand, Rs. 99 million for Khyber, Rs. 67 million for FR Kohat, Rs. 62 million for FR Bannu, Rs., 41 million for FR Dera Ismail Khan, Rs. 41 million for FR Tank, Rs. 97 million for Kurram and Rs. 45 million for Orakzai.
The development schemes worth half-billion rupees are now part of the AD Projects only for North Waziristan District besides a billions projects have been approved for other part of the merger tribal districts with the aim to bring these youngsters at bar with other developing areas of the country, he further added.
“I also appreciate my team members including ex-DG Sports Junaid Khan, former Director Sports of merger tribal districts Muhammad Nawaz Khan, DD Development Ameer Muhammad Khan, Ex-Director Youth Asfandiyar Khan Khattak for their dedicated efforts in bringing the projects into a reality in just four-month times,” Atif Khan said.
Lauding the sacrifices of the people of these districts, the participants reiterated the commitment of the PTI led governments both in the center and the province to bringing these districts at par with those of the developed areas of the country. “We want to make things in order in a short-span of time and should resolve the gap between merger tribal districts and other part of the country with full vigor, dedication and speed,” the Minister informed.
“Our people in the tribal area will see unprecedented development as government plans to spend over Rs100 billion annually for ten years in tribal districts, and developing sports infrastructure, promoting tourism and facilitating tribal youth are the key,” he added.
Two comprehensive developmental schemes one each for North and South Waziristan has been also approved by the provincial government in its PDWP meeting, he said, adding “For North Waziristan, two new sports complexes have been approved at Mir Ali and Razmak Tehsils, while a player hostel has been approved at Younas Khan Cricket Stadium, Miran Shah. A total project of Rs. 257 million has been for this purpose.
Likewise, in South Waziristan, a comprehensive project establishing five Sports Stadiums and one indoor gymnasium has been approved at 5 Tehsils of South Waziristan at a cost of Rs. 250 million. The overall schemes approved including construction of Sports Stadium Balapitah at Tehsil Shakai, construction of Sports Stadium at Tehsil Birmal, construction of pavilion main building ground floor, pavilion main building first floor, two cricket ground, paving around cricket ground, external water supply, Sports Stadium and Football Ground at Ladha would be completed by June 2020.
Allocation of Rs. 151 million for the construction of District Bajaur Sports Complex at Nawagai, up-gradation of existing Sports Complex in Bajaur Rs. 40 million, the cost of the other facilities including District North Waziristan Sports Complex at Mira Ali Rs. 94.44 million, Sports Complex at Razmat Rs. 106.416 m, players hostel at Younis Khan Spots Stadium 55.573m, in District Khyber Sports Complex Landikotal Rs. 91.00m, up-gradation of Kala Khel Sports Stadium Rs. 8.80m, in Kurram Sports Complex Tingo Rs. 29.856m, Sports Complex Alizai Rs. 29.856m, Sports Complex Sadda Rs. 37.262m District Mohmand Randyuali Sports Complex Rs. 20.10 m, Ekka Ghuand Sports Complex Rs. 40.00 m, Atta Sports Stadium Rs. 20.00m, Cricket Stadium Haleemzai Rs.30.00 m, Sub Division Kohat Sports Complex at Darra Adamkhail Rs. 67.00, Sub Dvision Peshawar Sports Complex Hasan Khail Rs. 55.00m Sub Division Tank Sports Stadium Tank Rs. 42.00 million, Sub Division Lakki Sports Stadium 41.00 million, thus the total cost reached to Rs. 130.3 m. About squash development, he said, they have selected 20 schools in Peshawar wherein 20 squash courts would be constructed and a grant of Rs. 500 million for the scheme has been included in the coming ADP.