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Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet on Thursday approved a tender worth Rs 510 crore for construction of 195 Type-VI and 105 Type-VII quarters at MLA Colony and GA Land in Unit-IV, Bhubaneswar on Turnkey basis.

Lowest quoting bidder KEC International Ltd has been awarded the work, which is targeted for completion within a period of 30 months, said Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra.

The Cabinet has also decided to enhance the scope of work funding for the State Level Sports Infrastructure Development Project for development of sports infrastructure at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar and Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium, Rourkela.

The estimated cost for the completion of the project has been enhanced from Rs 432.454 crore to Rs 875.78 crores.

Out of the revised project completion cost, the State Cabinet approved funding of Rs. 562.58 crore from budgetary allocation of the State Government spread across three financial years starting from 2020-21.

The remaining amount is to be funded through District Mineral Foundation (DMF) Sundargarh, Odisha Sports Development Fund (OSDF) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund. The entire Project is scheduled to be completed by December 2022.

Notably, Odisha is hosting FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 at two venues — Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. For this purpose, Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium is being constructed at Rourkela with the seating capacity of 20,000 spectators and is going to be the largest Hockey Stadium in India.

After the initiation of the project, based on site conditions and technical vetting by experts including IIT Bombay, there was upgradation of the design and safety parameters to make the structures disaster resilient. This upgrade had an implication on the quantities of structural components, said the CS.

After completion of the project, the sports infrastructure in the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar and Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium, Rourkela, will be among the best in the country.

The Kalinga Stadium will have South Asia’s first indoor athletic stadium, which will help the athletes to train throughout the year. The Kalinga sports complex will also have a state-of-the-art Aquatic center which can host national and international swimming events.

Moreover, the State Government panel has decided to widen & Strengthen Sonepur — Binka — Rampur – Dunguripali road in the District of Subarnapur with a cost of Rs 87.07 crore. The work is targeted for completion within a period of 18 months.

Implementation of the project shall provide better connectivity and reduce traffic congestion and will result in industrial and economic development of Subarnapur District, he said.

With a view to attract high quality Tourism Professionals to make Tourism as an engine of economic growth, the Tourism Department proposed to restructure the Odisha Tourism Service (OTS) Cadre.

Keeping in view the Administrative convenience and for effective management of scattered Tourism destinations, the Government also proposed to divide the entire destinations of the state into Tourism Divisions.

In the process the entire Tourism destinations of the State have been proposed to be divided into 7 Tourism Divisions inside the state and 1 destination division to function at National Capital New Delhi.

Each Tourism Division will be headed by an OTS Cadre Officer in the rank of Joint Director or Deputy Director. The entire Tourism destinations of 30 Tourism districts shall be kept under these 7 Tourism Divisions for effective management.