Bhubaneswar, Jan 4: As per the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Chairman 5T and Nabin Odisha, V.K. Pandian visited Sundargarh to review the progress of various developmental works in the district and interact with general public on Wednesday.
Pandian reviewed major development projects including mega lift irrigation projects at Semina, Riughat, Khairidihi and Satara; mega piped water supply schemes; instream storage structures; important bridges etc.
Some of the major projects have been taken up after the previous visit of Pandian to Sundargarh in March 2023, when he attended the grievance meetings and took feedback from the public.
In the interaction with public, he narrated that in 2019, FIH (International Hockey Federation) had announced the Hockey World Cup 2023 to be held again in Odisha. Chief Minister Patnaik insisted on second host venue at Rourkela. He had said then that Bhubaneswar is the state capital while Rourkela is the Hockey capital of Odisha. FIH expressed concern that there is no hockey stadium, no hotels and no airport in Rourkela. Chief Minister said that we are committed and we will get it done. Despite Covid challenge and delays, the stadium, 225 room accommodation and airport was constructed in record time. Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium was constructed in record 15 months and also achieved the Guinness book record for largest seated hockey stadium in the world. Chief Minister said that it was a tribute to Sundargarh for its contribution towards hockey in India.
He had attended meetings in Sundargarh sadar and Balisankara block and received the grievances on various issues and assured early resolution.