The Odisha government has finalised a blueprint for the Kalinga International Sports City that will have world-class infrastructure to enable it to host sporting events in the future.
The sports city will come up over a 100-acre land near Infovalley, about 15km from the heart of the smart city Bhubaneswar. The project nod was given after a recent review meeting.
“The location is now finalised. We will now invite proposals from expert firms to prepare a master plan for the project. It will be the first of its kind sports city in India. Our officials have started preparing the proposal and it will be floated shortly,” said a sports and youth services department official.
With the international sports city, the government plans to organise different kinds of national and international sports event in the future. “The sports city will not be confined to any one sport. It will host a wide range of sports events, including cricket,” said the official.
Bhubaneswar hosted the Asian Athletics Championship and the Men’s Hockey World League among major and minor events last year. It will host the Men’s Hockey World Cup in November.