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Odisha speeds construction of hockey stadium ahead of World Cup

Rourkela: The Odisha government on Friday ordered officials to speed up construction work on the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium, which will host the Men’s World Cup of Hockey next year.

Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra arrived in Rourkela with a senior team in the morning to review the progress of works at the BPUT campus stadium and other development projects.

The sports facility, which will be India’s largest hockey stadium with a capacity of over 20,000, will jointly host the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup with Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

The team advised officials to speed up work for the timely completion of the project, the chief minister’s office said.

Development projects such as the smart city, a traffic control center, a tribal museum, a convention hall and a market complex are also being accelerated. Road construction and city beautification are on a war footing ahead of the World Cup, the CMO said.

Artificial turf will be laid to International Hockey Federation standards, in addition to training pitches, an advanced fitness center and floodlights, the Sports Department said.

The high-level delegation also reviewed the progress of the transformation of Udit Nagar High School and Cold Storage at VSS Market Complex, enjoining officials to complete the projects on time.

PTI