Odisha To Invest 693 Crore To Improve Sports Infrastructure

The Odisha government announced its plans to construct 89 multi-purpose indoor stadiums at different urban regions of the state with an investment of Rs 693.35 crore, on the back of India’s success at the Tokyo Olympics.

CM Naveen Patnaik chaired a cabinet meeting where this decision was approved. The cabinet also appreciated the medal winners. “The Cabinet also mentioned special appreciation for the Indian Hockey for its spectacular performance,” Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra said after the meeting.

The following are the details of the upcoming sports infrastructure projects:

  • Under the 5T Initiative of the state government, these sports projects will be taken up in 85 urban areas, including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Rourkela.
  • New stadiums named Biju Patnaik Indoor stadium will come up at three municipal corporations (Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Rourkela), 30 municipalities and 52 NACs (notified area councils).
  • Rs 10.15 crores will be allotted for the construction of each stadium at municipal corporation towns and municipalities, while Rs 6.40 crore will be spent for building one such stadium in NACs. The stadiums will have facilities for badminton, table tennis, yoga, and more.
  • The government has further intended to invest Rs 356.38 crore for the development of Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium and practice pitch in Rourkela and the expansion of Kalinga Stadium.
  • The state government has offered Urban Sports Infrastructure Development Project to assure the quality of sports infrastructure across ULBs. The stadiums, under Urban Sports Infrastructure Development Project, will be completed over the next 18 months.

Notably, the stadiums will be utilised as community shelters during disasters like cyclones, floods etc. In times of pandemics, the stadiums will be converted into 50-bed (NAC model) or 100-bed (Municipality model) field hospitals.

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