Vikash Sharma

In a major move, the Odisha government has decided to give a massive facelift to the iconic Barabati stadium in Cuttack. Moreover, the stadium is likely to be demolished and renovated as part of the proposed development plan.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Barabati stadium was built in 1952. Later, former Secretary of Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) Ashirbad Behera had initiated measures for floodlights, corporate box and increasing the capacity of the stadium.

OCA Secretary Sanjay Behera informed that a vision document was prepared and submitted to the state government in this regard.

“There was a need for an integrated project and increase in seating capacity as fans in the state wish to watch matches here at Barabati. Hence, renovation work is highly needed. As per plans, the stadium seating capacity will be increased to 60,000,” said Behera.

According to Behera, there are certain heritage things at Barabati and they will be kept intact. In case of structurally weak constructions, a preliminary and feasible report will be prepared.

“The foundation stone for the development plan will be laid on February 27 and work will start soon,” Behera said.

Earlier On Wednesday, the 5T chairman visited Barabati stadium and held discussions with Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) President Pranab Prakash Das and other officials.

As per the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), the transformation of Barabati cricket stadium with 60,000 seating capacity will be taken up. Apart from this, the Barabati Stadium area will be developed into a world-class sports campus. It will boast facilities for cricketers and other sports disciplines.

As per the proposed plans, the project will also cover other facilities for spectators as per international standards including parking, galleries, food courts and washrooms. The campus will also have facilities for other sports disciplines, tweeted CMO on its official X (formerly Twitter) handle.

Other Highlights Of Barabati Transformation Project

The area adjacent to Barabati stadium will be developed for retail mall along with 5-star hotel and office spaces. The area in front of the stadium will be developed as a public plaza. It will become one of the main open public spaces for citizens of Cuttack.

To improve the competitiveness of Odisha cricket players, a high-standard State-level cricket league is likely to be this year with proper broadcast facilities. This will help all budding cricketers to showcase their talent and help in improving their skills.

Odisha Women's Cricket Academy will be started in Puri shortly.

The Odisha Cricket Academy in Cuttack will be further upgraded to provide the best coaching facilities for cricketers across all age groups

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