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Eidgah meant for Eid prayers, sustain sports activities in adjoining land: Gul

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Says, there is a pressing need to construct a marriage hall, children’s park in area

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference senior leader and former Speaker J&K Assembly Mubarak Gul on Friday stated that Eidgah premises are meant for Eid prayers and that the adjoining land should be fully dedicated to youngsters for sustainable sports activities.

Mubarak Gul said that Eidgah has a historical background that dates back hundreds of years. “The land has been used for congregational Friday prayers and sports activities by children for hundreds of years now. Ideally, the administration should take all stakeholders on the ground before deciding the future course of action.”

Referring to the space crunch in the Shahar-e Khas areas, Gul said the proposed takeover of the ground by Waqf will adversely affect the sports and recreational activities of Srinagar youth who have very few avenues left in the city. “It is a known fact that Shaher Khaas areas don’t boast many parks and grounds for sports activities. If the land is subjected to construction activities, there will be no place for our youth. Where will they go?,” he said 

“The need of the hour is to augment the sports-related infrastructure on the ground in a manner that the ground’s historic sanctity is maintained. It is also advised that the marshy land behind the ground be used to construct a community centre, children’s park, and gymnasium,” he added.

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