ROURKELA: As the astro-turf pitches in all 17 blocks of the district remain a non-starter seven months after the grand declaration of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the lot-hyped move is now being dismissed as unbelievable using hockey experts.

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Those associated with the stick sport viewed that it seems no final thought turned into given to want of new workforce, infrastructure, maintenance, and operational elements of poly-grass fields.

The declaration becomes made to create euphoria inside the run-up to the Hockey World Cup 2018 and with an eye at the 2019 General Elections, they stated.

Hockey officials and coaches pointed out that each of astroturf on the block degree could require as a minimum one professional educate in conjunction with four personnel, which includes a groundsman.

While renovation and operational factors continue to be the most important task, -time watering each day is a must.

Each astro-turf would price Rs 6-7 crore while month-to-month operational expenditure might be above Rs 1 lakh, they were knowledgeable.

Former PSH instruct and first authorities hockey coach of Odisha Sylvester Toppo claimed that the inspiration is nearly not possible to execute and get an effective outcome.

Even if one-time capital expenditure is done on astro-turfs at 17 block headquarters, it’s going not to be successfully utilized to tap and harness younger abilties till comparable numbers of hostels arise.

It is impossible for younger trainees from a ways-flung area of a block to daily visit and exercise at a centralized vicinity inside the morning and nighttime, he stated.

Even the state authorities-run Sundargarh Sports Hostel (SSH) installation at Sundargarh city in 1997 does now not have an astroturf or natural ground for hockey until date.

The 45 hockey trainees (boys) hold to practice on the astroturf facility of the adjoining SAI-SAG center.

This aside, the replacement of two astro-turfs at Rourkela-based Panposh Sports Hostel (PSH) is pending for above four years.

The nation authorities-run PSH has alone produced fifty-four of the total sixty-three senior and junior worldwide hockey players of Sundargarh.

Hockey icon and previous BJD Rajya Sabha member Dilip Tirkey had additionally initiated effort to lay an astro-turf at his native village Saunamora in Balishankar block, however best the concrete base has been put in the last four years.

District Sports Officer Tej Kumar Xess stated the country authorities had requested the district administration to pick out the land for astro-turfs but refused to comment besides.

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