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Rana Sodhi inaugurates new Astroturf project at Surjeet Hockey Stadium
Says, Captain government committed to ensuring world class sports infrastructure in the state
Project entails international hockey astroturf, sprinkler and tubewell system, to be completed within seven months
Jalandhar, June 12, 2021: In a boost to further promote hockey, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi today initiated a major project to lay Astroturf at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium to be completed at a cost of Rs. 4.50 crore.
Accompanied by MLA Jalandhar West Sushil Rinku and Mayor Jagdish Raj Raja, the Minister also announced that this stadium would witness the first pro-hockey league after completion of Astroturf project. Sodhi also announced that another Hockey Stadium equipping astroturf, floodlit and other infrastructure would be developed in Jalandhar.
While kickstarting this significant project, Rana Gurmit Sodhi said that hockey players would get ultra modern sports facility once the AstroTurf was laid within seven months. The turf was manufactured USA based company FieldTurf, which would be laid by Great Sports Tech of Hyderabad, said the Minister adding that the stadium would also have a sprinkler system along a tubewell.
The sports minister said that every possible effort to promote sports and produce national and international level players was being made by the state sports department. Hence, the state government has increased award money besides providing government jobs to sports persons of national and international repute. “The Punjab government was fully committed to ensure high-end sports infrastructure in the state to enable sports persons for securing positions in national as well as International events”, he added.
Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included SDM Jai Inder Singh, Secretary Surjit Hockey Society Iqbal Singh Sandhu, Surinder Bhapa, Swimming Coach Umesh Sharma, ADCP Jagjit Saroya etc.