Srinagar: A high level meeting of officials today reviewed the arrangements for the 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games to be held next month. The Secretary to Govt, Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez, who chaired the meeting, highlighted the importance of the event for the promotion of winter sports and tourism in J&K.
”It is an opportunity for us as we are the first to host winter Games of Khelo India in the country. Every stakeholder has to chip in with best of resources to make the event successful.
Sarmad Hafeez hoped that with the culmination of the event, the footfall of tourists in J&K would improve considerably for the benefit of one and all. Secretary, Sports Council Dr Naseem Javaid Chowdhary, Director Tourism, CEO GDA, CAO JK Sports Council, Divisional Sports Officer Kashmir and Other Officers of High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) were also present in the meeting which was also attended by the office bearers of Winter Games Association of Jammu and Kashmir, representatives of Gulmarg Hotel Club and office bearers of various winter games associations.
Secretary to Govt, YSS also set a deadline for grooming of slopes with snow beaters and groomers. To ensure safety and timely medical assistance of participants, he directed the officers to keep sufficient number of ski rescue patrol teams available.
For hassle free travel of participants, facilitation counters would be setup at Srinagar airport, Tangmarg and Tourism Reception Center Srinagar. The meeting also decided that handloom, handicrafts departments would set up stalls to showcase live demonstration of making different handicraft items. It was also decided that Cultural academy would present folk items every evening during the event and stalls of Kashmiri cuisine would also be arranged by JKTDC.