Meghalaya CM hopeful of Centre’s support in hosting National 2022

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma along with other officials at the site of National Games 2022 . Image : MIPR

Shillong( Meghalaya) , June 6 : Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma, today inspected the site of the Games Village and the main stadium at Umsawli for National Games 2022.

He informed that the land belonging to Meghalaya Urban Development Agency, the government was able to utilize the land for the Games Village without having the need to invest further on land.

He said that the inspection was needed as the government would be meeting the Prime Minister shortly along with detailed proposals for development of the land along with other proposals for other locations in the State.

He also informed that the government in the last one year has been working closely with the Social Justice Ministry who had plans of having a Stadium for the Disabled in the area and having the stadium at the site for the National Games 2022 would serve a double purpose. He hoped that the government of India would clear the proposal of the State government to have one Disability Stadium in Shillong for the whole of Eastern India.

The site would house the Main Stadium with a capacity for 25-30 thousand spectators, Swimming Pool, Multi Utility Indoor Stadium and housing area to accommodate 2000-3000 people.

.The CM expressed optimism that the Centre will be supporting the state to host the National Games in 2022, the budget of which has been estimated to be between Rs 1500 crore and Rs 2000 crore.

“We have budgeted anything between Rs 1,500 crore and Rs 2,000 crore for the games to be held successfully,” the Chief Minister said.

The Union Ministry of Social Justice had announced sanctioning of Rs 300 crore for the construction of a multi- facility stadium at a 50 acre land identified in the New Shillong Township for hosting the National Games 2022.

State Sports Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh said his department has identified a 70 acre land for construction of the games village, the expenditure of which will be borne by the state.

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