Locals urge govt to open Kalinga Stadium for morning walkers

BHUBANESWAR: Locals of Behera Sahi and Nuasahi of Nayapalli space on Sunday suggested the state executive to open the Kalinga Stadium here for morning walkers. They staged silent dharna in entrance of the Gate-3 of the stadium protesting the federal government order prohibiting access of morning walkers.

Official sources stated the stadium was closed since November 16 for Men's Hockey World League. "The league ended on December 10, but the gates are yet to be opened for the morning walkers. We are facing a lot of problem to continue our morning walk and exercises," stated Milan Kumar Paikray, secretary of Nuasahi Mahabir Social Organisation.

He stated one Damburudhar Behera, 55, of his locality died on the spot after a taxi hit him from his at the back of on January 22 close to Kalinga Stadium. Two others had sustained accidents within the twist of fate. "It all happened due to the arrogance of the sports department. People walked outside of the stadium in the morning when the department did not allow them to enter," he added.

Paikray stated they will post memorandum to sports activities minister Chandrasarathi Behera and leader minister Naveen Patnaik to permit the locals to make use of the stadium all through morning and night time time. "If they do not allow us, we will hit the street in future," stated the protesters.

Barija Ranjan Mohanty, in-charge of stadium, stated the state executive has issued an order to near the stadium gates for indefinite period. "We are just following the government order," he added.

Manoj Kumar Padhy, joint secretary of sports activities division, stated the federal government has started renovation paintings of the stadium for upcoming Men's Hockey World Cup-2018. The event is scheduled to be held between November 28 and December 16. "We are constructing internal roads and other several new things for the grand event. So we have put restriction on entry of public," he added.
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