Delighted by India's recent achievement at the Tokyo Olympics, the Government of Odisha has reportedly committed to invest $93 million (INR693.35 crores) to construct 89 multi-purpose indoor stadiums across the state. The decision was made during a state cabinet meeting chaired over by the Chief Minister of Odisha, Mr. Naveen Patnaik.
The Cabinet has expressed special gratitude for the Indian Hockey team for its outstanding achievement, Chief Secretary S.C. Mohapatra stated during the Cabinet meeting.
The stadiums will be constructed over the following 18 months as part of the Urban Sports Infrastructure Development Project, said Tusharkanti Behera, the Sports and Youth Services Minister of Odisha Government, adding that this would offer a significant boost to the growth of sports in the state.
These projects will be implemented in 85 urban locations around Odisha, including Cuttack, Rourkela, and the capital Bhubaneswar as part of the state government's 5T (Technology, Teamwork, Transparency, and Timely completion leading to Transformation) action plan to change Odisha's sports field.
Mr. Mohapatra also stated that the stadiums will be named after Biju Patnaik and will be built in three municipal corporations (Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, and Rourkela) along with 30 municipalities, and 52 Notified Area Councils (NACs).
The state government would invest around $13 million (Rs 10.15 crores) to build each stadium in municipal corporation townships and municipalities and $8.06 million (Rs 6.40 crore) to develop one such stadium in NACs.
As per the minister, the Urban Sports Facilities Development Project is intended to ensure the provision of excellent sports infrastructure across the State's ULBs. The stadiums will have the equipment and other facilities for many indoor games such as table tennis, badminton, gymnasium, yoga, and other sports.
Moreover, during natural catastrophes like cyclones and floods, the stadiums can be used as community shelters and can be transformed into a 100-bed (for Municipality Model) or 50-bed (for NAC Model) field hospital in the event of any pandemic, added the minister.