Sports Facilities To Stay Open Till 10 PM

Story Highlights
  • The news of IAS officer Sanjeev Khirwar taking his dog for a walk at Delhi’s Thyagaraj Stadium created a storm.
  • The stadium have been complaining about being forced to wrap training earlier than usual, by 7 pm.
  • Khirwar accepted that he “sometimes" takes his pet for a walk at the facility.

New Delhi: All sports facilities under the Delhi government will remain open till 10 pm, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Thursday. Kejriwal said that athletes should not suffer for the lack of training facilities and sporting facilities should make accommodations for them as per their timings.

Sisodia was referring to a report that athletes and coaches at the Delhi government-run Thyagraj Stadium have complained that they were being forced to wrap training by 7 pm, which is earlier than usual, as Delhi’s Principal Secretary (Revenue) Sanjeev Khirwar walks his dog at the facility about half-an-hour later.

The Delhi BJP, meanwhile, demanded that action be taken against Khirwar. Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor asked the L-G and Kejriwal to institute an enquiry against the officer.

“This case of a senior official misusing his administrative power to reserve the stadium for daily walks with his dog is very serious. Please get the inquiry done and suspend the officer Sanjeev Khirwar,” Kapoor said.

In Delhi, the services department, like land, law and order and police, comes under the Centre via the L-G. Transfers, postings, grievances as well as disciplinary action comes under the L-G.

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