Ahead of hosting the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup in 2023, Odisha Cabinet on Thursday approved the revised project cost of Rs 875.78 crores.
The cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has approved the revised cost for the construction of sports infrastructure at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and the construction of the new international hockey stadium at Rourkela for the 2023 World Cup of Hockey.
Notably, Odisha is the host of the 2023 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup with venues in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.
The firm also proposed to develop a new international hockey stadium in Rourkela.
Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar is being upgraded with various facilities such as India’s first indoor athletics stadium, indoor aqua center, central tennis court, Hockey HPC building, accommodation facilities, etc. .
The project was approved in May 2021 by the State Cabinet with a total budget of Rs 432,454 crores including all taxes and IDCO charges.
After the launch of the project, based on site conditions and technical review by experts including 11T Bombay and stadium experts from national or international federations, there was an upgrade of design parameters and security to make structures resistant to disasters.
This upgrade had an implication on the quantities of structural components. Escalating prices for steel, POL, aluminum, etc. is also an important element of the increase in the total cost of the project. In addition, an increase in GST rates from 12% to 18% contributed to the escalation of the cost of the project.
The 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup will take place at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar and Bisra Munda Stadium in Rourkela from January 13-29, 2023.
While the iconic Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar hosted the previous edition of the World Cup which was hailed worldwide for its outstanding infrastructure and the impeccable execution of the event by Hockey India as host, this time the coveted event will also be held in the heart of Odisha Hockey Belt – Rourkela, a region famous for its hockey prowess having produced many international hockey players.
This is the second consecutive World Cup to be held in India – and the fourth overall.
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