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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The iconic Barabati stadium in the Millenium city Cuttack is all set to get a facelift ahead of the India-South Africa T20I match on June 12.

Preparations at the stadium are in full swing for the much-awaited game between the Proteas and the Men in Blue. Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) has set a target to finish the renovation work of the stadium before the international fixture.

The outfield and the flood light works of the stadium have already been finished.

As per OCA sources, the renovation contract of the stadium has been given to an agency who designed the biggest cricket stadium at Motera in Gujarat.

Some advanced facilities boasted by top tier stadiums across the globe will also feature at the Barabati after the renovation.

"We have engaged a company to prepare the drawing design and architectural redevelopment of the Barabati. The company officials have visited the stadium and discussed with us regarding the peripheral needs of the complex,” said OCA Secretary Sanjay Behera.

“We will cover up all the requirements in the redevelopment work of the stadium. Special emphasis will be given to the security facilities including the fire safety measures in the stadium during the facelift,” said Behera.

Notably a couple of days back, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) issued notice to Cuttack DCP and Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary over alleged lack of fire safety measures at the stadium. Since the match is scheduled to be held next month, the Commission has sought a reply by May 26.

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