Bhubaneswar, Aug 9: The Odisha Cabinet on Monday approved 89 multi-purpose indoor stadiums with an investment of Rs 693 crore.
These multi-purpose structures will be completed in 18 months.
The multi-purpose indoor stadiums will foster sports development in the state.
Apart from being sports facilities, these can be used as cyclone/flood centres and can be converted into 50-100 bed hospitals in case of a health emergency like the Covid pandemic.
These indoor stadiums are built for multi-purpose utility. The stadiums will have facilities for playing Badminton, Table Tennis, Yoga, Gymnasium, etc. The indoor hall space can be utilised for most of the indoor games and can be converted as per the local popularity of various indoor sports.
The indoor stadiums are also designed to with stand 200 kmph wind speed. The stadiums can be utilised as community shelters during the disasters like cyclones, floods etc.
In times of pandemics, the stadium can be converted into 50-bed (NAC Model) or 100-bed (Municipality model) field hospital. The stadiums will be an asset for the community which can be utilised for training, meetings, and examination centres.
The Cabinet also appreciated the medal winners in the Olympics and also all the Indian contingent.
The Cabinet specially appreciated the Indian Hockey teams for their spectacular performance.