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Suryakant Jena

India's largest hockey stadium which is coming up in Rourkela will be completed by July 2022 ahead of the upcoming Men's Hockey World Cup in January 2023.

Chief Secretary of Odisha Suresh Mohapatra said the construction works of the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium are in full swing and will be over well within the stipulated time frame.

All other allied amenities like multi-level parking area and dormitories for players will also come to a close within the deadline. The construction works for the same will begin soon, Mohapatra said while addressing newsmen after reviewing the various developmental projects in the Steel city on Wednesday.

The Chief Secretary assessed the project development works of the under-construction Biju Patnaik Indoor Stadium and the city Airport as well.

Building works of the Biju Patnaik Indoor Stadium in Panposh has reached last phases and it will be operationalised at the earliest.

The 20000-seater Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium, once completed, will become the largest hockey stadium in India. It will co-host the 2023 edition of the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup along with the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

The project work for the stadium in Rourkela has already started with the groundbreaking ceremony in June this year.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had laid the foundation stone in February 2021 for the ambitious project which will come up on a 15-acre plot at an estimated cost of INR 120 crore.

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