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Odisha Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the country’s biggest hockey stadium

Rourkela: 16/2/21: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for the country’s biggest hockey stadium and named it after the legendary freedom fighter ‘Birsa Munda’.

The stadium will be the venue for the Hockey World Cup, 2023.

Addressing a function in the sidelines of the foundation laying ceremony, Patnaik said, “Sundergarh, which has immense contribution to Indian hockey, bears the true spirit of the national game.”He said Sundargarh has a special identity for hockey as players from the district have brought many laurels for the country at the international level.“The spirit of hockey is in the soil, air, and water of Sundergarh which has now found a place in the world sports map. It is a matter of pleasure that Rourkela city in Sundergarh has been nominated for the 2023 Hockey world cup venue,” Patnaik said while addressing the gathering at the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) ground.

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“Rourkela is a city of hope. Not only the people of Odisha but from neighboring states also depend on the city to earn a livelihood,” the CM said.

Remembering his father, the legendary Biju Patnaik who brought a revolution in Odisha’s industrial sector, the Chief Minister said the Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) and the National Institute of Technology (NIT) bear the memory to Biju Babu’s contribution.

“I remember Biju Babu whenever I visit Rourkela. Biju Babu is the father of Odisha’s industrial development,” he said.

Patnaik also laid foundation stones for a slew of other projects in the district, apart from the hockey stadium.

The stadium will be of international standard having a seating capacity of 20,000. It will be constructed on a sprawling 15-acre plot inside the BPUT campus.

The Birsa Munda Stadium will be the most modern field hockey facility designed to host the Hockey World Cup, 2023 tournament. The stadium is adjacent to the Rourkela airstrip, where commercial flight operations are expected to start soon.

Designed to deliver the best matchday atmospheres in the world, the stadium will be a model for green, functional and cost-effective design.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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