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Rourkela to get Rs. 600 cr facelift before Hockey WC

NEW DELHI, Dec 16 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 12/16/2019 12:36:15 PM IST

What Indian state of Odisha What he is doing is terms of hosting international sports tournaments is setting new standards. If not yet, the 2023 Men’s Hockey world cup will ensure that the state has a special place in the list of sports venues. According to Newsjizz, there are multiple examples where multi-disciplinary events like the Olympics or the Commonwealth Games became a region’s source of development. But in the case of Odisha, it can be credited to just one sport - hockey.

Last month, the FIH granted India the rights to host the Men’s World Cup for the second consecutive edition. Amid voices of dissent, mainly from Europe, against the decision of FIH, Hockey India went on to announce Odisha as hosts for the second consecutive World Cup after 2018. It did irk many in India, because a chance to revive venues like Chandigarh, Mohali, Delhi, Chennai and Lucknow had gone begging. But the addition of Rourkela as the second place, together with Bhubaneswar, for the 2023 edition he was welcomed to some extent.
To develop Bhubaneswar ahead of the 2018 World Cup, Odisha spent crores (reportedly around Rs 200 crore). But that will become a distant second to Rourkela, which is set to receive a facelift worth over Rs 600 crore.
Plans for airports, roads, bus terminals, museums, parks, multi-level car parking facilities, besides upgradation of the existing stadium in Rourkela are part of the development blueprint in the next four years. The development plan is part of Odisha government’s check Smart City program, of which both Bhubaneswar and Rourkela are part. The below (approximate) figures are, however, almost certain to cross the cumulative mark of Rs 630 crore, with the fund allocation process for upgrading the Rourkela Steel Plant Stadium and the practice pitch under process. In addition, the development of airports at Jharsuguda, Jeypore, Utkela and Rourkela is expected to cost around Rs 150 crore. This, however, comes under the central government scheme UDAN.
The stadium that will host the world cup matches belongs to Rourkela Steel Plant, Vishal Dev, Odisha’s commissioner-cum-secretary for sports and tourism, told Timesofindia.com. 
We have already written to them for upgrading the stadium to FIH standards. The practice pitch is about a kilometer and a half away from the main stadium and that will also be upgraded to FIH standards.
The main stadium in Rourkela has a capacity of approximately 25,000.
The distance between Bhubaneswar and Rourkela is around 350 km, with the nearest functional airport in Jharsuguda, which is 135 km from Rourkela, about 2.5 hours away by road. At present, the airport in Rourkela has a single runway and not handling any commercial flights. Besides in-city development, these logistical hurdles will need the most attention.
Rourkela has been included under the UDAN scheme and hopefully by 2023, the airport at Rourkela will be operational with scheduled commercial flights, said Dev. In any case, the infrastructure at that side of the state is brilliant and once we have air connectivity between Rourkela and Bhubaneswar, things will be very smooth.
 

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