2022 National Games at planning stage: Conrad

SHILLONG, Mar 21: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from South Shillong, Sanbor Shullai wants his constituency to benefit from the National Games to be held in Meghalaya in 2022.

Taking part during the Question Hour, on Wednesday Shullai wanted to know whether there is any proposal to build sporting infrastructure in South Shillong constituency for the 2022 National Games.

When State Sports Minister, Banteidor Lyngdoh replied in the negative, Shullai wanted an assurance from the Minister that one indoor stadium and one outdoor stadium will be constructed in his constituency.

Intervening in the matter, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma informed the House that the planning for the National Games to be held in Meghalaya in 2022 is in an early stage even as he added that the event is important for the pride of the state.

“This is an opportunity to make a difference in our state,” Conrad told the House during the Question Hour.

The Chief Minister also informed that the Organising Committee headed by him as the Chief Minister needs to go through a process.

“The committee will sit together and decide,” Conrad said.

According to him the Organising Committee needs to coordinate with various departments and decide on the need for consultants and various other facets required for the event.

“We also need the PWD to expand our roads and even the Tourism department to do its part,” Conrad told the House.

Earlier, to a query by Independent legislator from Nongkrem, Lambor Malgniang, the State Sports Minister said that the previous government had approved three infrastructures an indoor stadium and an outdoor stadium in Ampati in South West Garo Hills district and another indoor stadium in Pomlakrai under Nongkrem constituency, East Khasi Hills district.

Lyngdoh also informed that the indoor stadium at Pomlakrai will be built at a cost of Rs 22.75 crore.