Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament from Hamirpur, Anurag Thakur, on Friday urged the Central Government to sanction an international class shooting range for Himachal Pradesh.

Speaking on the National Sports University Bill, he said the development of sports culture at grassroot level is of key importance and it is must that sports be given as much impetus as education in order to ensure not only creation of future athletes but also a healthy generation.

“I propose to introduce ‘Bicycle Rim’ model. This means that the National Sports University should be treated as an axle at the centre of sports culture and all the schools will be connected to the university via rims,” he said.

Thakur referred that the sports have contributed towards the rise in tourism sector and overall economy of the state. He said post construction of HPCA Cricket Stadium in Dharamshala, a three-fold surge in tourism has been witnessed.

Not only that, the stadium has contributed manifold across economic aspects of the state.