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Cabinet Clears State Sports Infra Project

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Bhubaneswar: In another significant decision, the State Cabinet approved the proposal for a state level sports infrastructure development project.

The project with an estimated outlay of Rs 356.38 crore is meant for the development of infrastructure at Kalinga Stadium and the construction of a new hockey stadium at Rourkela for organizing FIH Men’s World Cup Hockey 2023.

Odisha is the host for the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup-2023 with venues at Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. For this purpose, a new International Hockey Stadium is intended to be developed at Rourkela with a seated capacity of 20,000 spectators. This will be the largest hockey stadium in India.

The State Government has established High Performance Centres (HPCs) in various sports disciplines at Kalinga Stadium in partnership with various corporates and elite sportspersons.

The infrastructure for these HPCs is the responsibility of the State Government. In order to cater to the requirement of the HPCs and other sports disciplines, expansion and up-gradation of the infrastructure facilities at Kalinga Stadium will also be made.

The project has two components– expansion of Kalinga Stadium Sports Complex and construction of a new International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.

Out of the total estimated cost of Rs 356.38 crore, Rs 90 crore will be allocated through the budgetary allocation of the State government, spreading across three financial years starting from 2020-21.

The remaining amount is to be funded through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), District Mineral Foundation, Sundargarh, and Odisha Sports Development Fund (OSDF) and completed in 16 months.

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