The renovation of Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar to develop it at par with international standards – which was targeted to be completed last year – has now been given a new deadline after the last one got delayed due to shortage of funds.
The new deadline for the project is now set at June this year, the company tasked with the renovation work has said at a high-level meeting.
The district administration in July 2019 had announced on its Twitter account that the state-of-the-art Bakshi Stadium would be ready in the next two months – September 2019.
The renovation project of the stadium located in Srinagar began in 2019 and was estimated to cost 40.85 crore rupees. National Project Corporation Limited (NPCL) is executing the work.
At a meeting held earlier this month to review developmental projects by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, the NPCL had claimed it faced shortage of funds which has been “resolved to some extent”.
“The work shall be completed by June 2021 as 85 percent work on the project has been completed,” it said.
The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir directed the NPCL that the new timeline should “be strictly adhered to”.
The stadium, located in the centre of Srinagar city, is undergoing massive renovation to make it capable of hosting international-level football premier leagues and tournaments with a sitting capacity for 18,000 people and an eight-line athletics track.