Odisha spending 16 times more than what it did for 2018 Hockey World Cup


The Odisha government has estimated to spend nearly Rs 1,100 crore for organising the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup in January 2023. The state government had invested only Rs 66.98 crore in hosting the last Hockey World Cup in 2018. However, this time, the outlay has been enhanced by 16 times to Rs 1,098.40 crore.

According to official reports, out of the total outlay of Rs 1,098.40 crore, the state is spending Rs 1,010 crore in development of the Birsa Munda Hockey stadium and peripheral area in the Rourkela city. Highest amount of Rs 875.78 crore is being invested in building of the new stadium at Rourkela, which is at final stage of construction. While Rs 84 crore is being spent on construction of accommodation buildings, Rs 10.50 crore earmarked for peripheral development work in Rourkela and Rs 13 crore for electrical works in Birsa Munda Hockey stadium.

Similarly, the government has provided Rs 17.50 crore to Hockey India for putting synthetic turfs in both Rourkela and Bhubaneswar stadiums. The government will also spend Rs 75 crore on venue management, accommodation, transportation and media publicity.

Besides, the state will spend Rs 9.15 crore on development of a swimming pool in Rourkela, Rs 5.39 crore for installing flood light in Kalinga stadium and Rs 8 crore in extension of west stand of the stadium, as per the estimation made by state Sports department.

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