Mrunal Manmay Dash

To get an integrated Sports Complex in Koraput district has turned out to be a distant dream for the locals as the construction of the complex is yet to be completed even after four years of its inauguration.

The proposed Integrated Sports Complex at Phulabada in Jeypore was inaugurated in 2019 under the Sports and Youth Services Department of the Odisha government.

However, the complex which had given hope to many athletes and sportspersons in the district who dreamt of making it big, has been allegedly subjected to government apathy as it is yet to be completed.

A private construction company in New Delhi had promised to complete the project in 1.5 years after its inauguration. But it allegedly left the project incomplete.

As per reports, the government has changed the contractor four times for the project for unknown reasons, but the complex is yet to see the dawn of the day.

Lamenting the alleged government inefficiency, a sportsperson, Jagdish Panigrahi said, “The sports complex is yet to be completed even after five years after its inauguration.”

“The sports minister has visited the place twice since its inauguration but all his assurances have turned out to be false. Four contractors have been changed for this project in these five years. Now, Police Housing Board has been entrusted to complete it. The Board is also constructing the complex at a snail’s pace,” he alleged.