Construction of Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium will be completed by July 2022
Bhubaneswar- Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, 5T Secretary V Kartikeyan Pandian, Mission Director NHM Odisha Shalini Pandit and Special Secretary to Chief Minister & Commissioner cum Secretary Sports R Vineel Krishna visited Rourkela on a high-level review of various developmental works including Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium, India’s Largest hockey facility.
The team toured the under construction Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium, Affordable Housing Project for rehabilitation of slum dwellers, Science Park and Planetarium, Biju Patnaik Indoor Stadium and Birsa Munda Stadium with football and other athletic track at Rourkela. Lastly, the team had a review meeting with Collector Sundargarh Nikhil Pavan Kalyan and ADM Rourkela cum Commissioner Rourkela Municipal Corporation Dibyajyoti Parida. SP Mukesh Kumar Bhamoo, CDMO Dr Saroj Kumar Mishra and Sub Collector Panposh Doulat Chandrakar also present during the review.
Construction of the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium is scheduled to be complete by July 2022 while work on the Biju Patnaik Indoor Stadium is in its last leg. 400-meter athletic track and football stadium is being added to the under construction Birsa Munda Stadium at Rourkela. The facility will also house a multi-level car park and swimming pool among other facilities.
The State Government has targeted to finish all the construction work in Rourkela ahead of the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023. Likewise, the expansion of Rourkela airport is being done by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). A terminal building will also be constructed at Rourkela airport by May 2022, informed the Chief Secretary to the media persons after the review.
The government has undertaken an Affordable Housing Project towards rehabilitation of slum dwellers in Smartcity Rourkela. The high-level team visited the project site where over 3000 houses are being built under Rourkela Municipal Corporation. The high-level team also toured the Science Park and Planetarium at Chhend to promote a scientific temper and inquisitive spirit among students.
The 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup will be co-hosted by Kalinga Stadium Bhubaneswar and Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium Rourkela. The Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium has 20,000 spectators’ capacity, the largest in India. Similarly, for the promotion of Badminton and Lawn Tennis, 3 indoor Badminton courts, lawn tennis court and gymnasium for fitness of players have been constructed at Biju Patnaik Indoor Stadium at Panposh. These modern sports facilities are going to establish Rourkela as a major Sports Hub in the coming days.