People Online Slam Ministers For Using Athletic Track As A ‘Parking Lot’ In Pune

On Saturday, the former chief of the IOA (Indian Olympics Association) and former chairperson of BCCI, Sharad Pawar visited Pune’s Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex along with Maharashtra Sports Minister Sunil Kedar, Minister of State Aditi Tatkare, and other Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders to review the work of the under-construction International Sports University.

However, images soon surfaced online of their cars parked on the racetracks of the sports stadium in Pune’s Balewadi area.

As per a report in NDTV, the ministers allegedly did not want to use elevators to reach the meeting room on the second floor of the sports center. Hence, to avoid the inconvenience, the ministers decided to take their cars up to the second floor of the complex and park on the track. The cars were reportedly parked up until the meeting ended.

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Sports Commissioner of Maharashtra, Om Prakash Bakoria, said that Mr. Pawar was allowed to park his car on the cement track since he had issues with his leg. However, other cars simply parked without permission, India Today reports.

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Times Now reports Bakoria stating “Pawar Saheb has an issue with his leg, if he was taken from another side he would have to climb two to three staircases hence only his vehicle was allowed. The vehicle was allowed on cemented track only and guards on duty were informed the same as well. But unfortunately, the vehicles came in a row (on track). It was allowed just to make site he does not face problems in walking. On behalf of the sports department, I apologise for it and assure you that such an incident will not be repeated again.”

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Current Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted on the issue, saying that it is “very sad” to see this:


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Here’s how people online responded:

The Pune administration too, put out a formal apology. “The incident has been noted by the Sports Minister and instructions have been issued to make sure that such an incident is not repeated again. Going forward it will be made sure that vehicles are not allowed at an athletic track.”

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What do you think of this whole issue? Do you think the presence of these cars on the tracks is justified? Share your views in the comments section.

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