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Rs 3.33 billion allocated for sports projects in budget 2022-23

In the projected FY2022-23 budget, the government has allotted Rs. 3.33 billion to the Inter-Provincial Coordination Division for a number of sports projects around the country.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) administration approved the majority of the existing projects, totaling Rs. 8.8 billion, of which Rs. 3.1 billion is expected to be spent through June 2022 and the remaining Rs. 5.7 billion was carried forward from the previous fiscal budget.

The current government has set aside Rs. 2.05 billion for ongoing projects, including major projects like the rehabilitation and upgrade of existing facilities at the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad in preparation for the South Asian Games in 2022, and the rehabilitation and upgrade of existing facilities at the PSB coaching center in Karachi, among others.

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The replacement of synthetic hockey turfs in seven cities, including Islamabad, Faisalabad, Wah Cantt, Peshawar, Quetta, Muzaffarabad, and Swat, has been suggested at a cost of Rs 531 million. Under the previous regime, the project was given an initial budget of Rs. 817 million, of which Rs. 285 million was spent.

In all, Rs. 5.7 billion from the previously authorized budget was still necessary to complete the ongoing projects.

Out of the 15 ongoing sports projects, two were initiated by the PML-N government in 2017, 12 by the PTI government in 2018, and one by the present government since taking office in April.

Rs 465 million is allocated for the upgradation of sports infrastructure within the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad. Another Rs 531 million has been set aside for laying/replacement of hockey turfs at seven city centers. Last year a total of Rs 817 million were approved for these turfs.

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