The Odisha government on Thursday decided to develop world class infrastructure to organize national and international level sports events in the state.
A blue print to create the necessary infrastructure will be prepared soon, said official sources here.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the sports department to prepare the blue print at a meeting here on Thursday.
Presently Odisha has the infrastructure to host international hockey matches.
Patnaik wanted top class stadium for other sports like football and track and field competitions. He also emphasized on expeditious completion of mini-stadiums in rural and semi urban areas and sports hostels.
Construction of 159 mini stadia in rural areas and 41 in urban areas will be taken up.
Patnaik directed the officials to complete the construction of minimum 100 stadia by the end of August. The meeting also decided to construct four mini stadias in each of the five Muncipal Corporations – Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Berhampur.
In addition, one mini stadium would be constructed in each of the 111 Notified Area Councils and Municipal areas of the state in next three years.
School play grounds need to be developed, said the CM and asked the Panchayati Raj department officials to work on a plan of action in this regard.