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Khelo India University Games. (photo via IANS)

SRINAGAR — The first-ever Winter Games under 'Khelo India,’ a national program for development of sports, will commence in Gulmarg from March 7 to 11.

In the mega national event, 830 players from across India will participate in 30 events which include snow skiing, snow boarding, cross-country, snow show, snow cycling and other snow-based events.

The J&K government is making arrangements to provide hassle-free facilities to players and other concerned.

Efforts are on to provide a facilitation center, hospitality & protocol services, transportation, boarding and lodging, procurement of materials & equipment, technical requirements, press publicity, a cultural programme, food, maintenance of snow slopes, area domination, security, medical camps, event management and other arrangements.

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan March 4 chaired a high-level meeting of officials to review all arrangements put in place for the event. He directed officers concerned to set up round the clock control rooms at Srinagar, Tangmarg and Gulmarg in which officers from PHE, PDD, Medical, Police, SDRF and the Magistrates concerned will be deployed to monitor all activities with backup plan till the culmination of the mega sporting event.

The Deputy Commissioner Baramulla will set a media center in Gulmarg in which all requisite facilities should be provided to the national media. Besides, he will establish medical camps at various locations with doctors and other staff with medicine and ambulances.

The Health Department will screen all players at airport and on national highways for coronavirus symptoms. In case of any exigency, the department will initiate immediate measures for particular case.

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