Hockey World Cup: CS asks for city traffic plan
Chief Secretary AP Padhi on Tuesday directed the Home Department and police establishment to make a detailed traffic movement plan keeping in view the convenience of the city dwellers and visitors for the Men’s Hockey World Cup to be held at the Kalinga Stadium in the city from November 28 to December 16.
At a review meeting here, he directed to issue traffic advisories well before commencement of the event so as to enable people to make their own movement plan. Commissioner R Balakrishnan advised the concerned departments to align the programmes of cultural extravaganza and showcasing of Odishan handloom and textiles along with the event. It was further decided to tinge the cultural programmes with performing art of various States and countries.
The issues relating to renovation of the stadium for additional seating facility, construction of new swimming pool, water filtration plant, construction and widening of new internal roads in Kalinga stadium, preparation of the accommodation plan, detail catering plan of the players and officials, travel and local transportation, traffic and security etc were discussed at the meeting. The Chief Secretary set timelines for completion of these works.
It was decided to complete the construction of east, north and south galleries by May 31 and swimming pool by March 31. Water filtration plant for both the pitches would be completed by May 20. Sports and Youth Services Secretary Vishal Dev appraised that the Idco has set up a dedicated engineering unit for expeditious execution of the infrastructural projects in the stadium.
The Chief Secretary directed the Works Department to complete construction and widening of internal roads, drain, food plaza etc by May. Tourism Secretary Mona Sharma appraised that so far an inventory of 412 hotels in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri was prepared for accommodation of players and visitors. Around 78 rooms of PSUs, technical colleges, corporation guest houses have also been identified. Around 8,600 beds have been made available for online booking.
Vishal Dev told reporters that champion teams from 16 countries would participate in the World Cup and matches would be played in four pools. Argentina, New Zealand, Spain and France would be in Pool-A; Australia, England, Ireland and China in Pool-B; Belgium, India, Canada and South Africa in Pool-C; and the Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia and Pakistan in Pool-D. Each day, two matches would be played from 5 pm onwards. Quarter Finals would be played on December 12 and 13. Semifinal and Final matches have been scheduled on December 15 and 16, respectively.
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