SHILLONG, March 09: As a part of its preparation to host the National Games in 2022, the state government is currently identifying and acquiring land for the construction of stadiums and the games village, as per what was said by the new state Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Banteidor Lyngdoh on Friday.
The Host City Contract for the 39th National Games 2022, a mega national sporting event, was signed between the Indian Olymic Association (IAO), Meghalaya State Olympic Association (MSOA) and Meghalaya government on January 3 last.
The state government had also paid the bid money of Rs 4.5 crore for the games.
According to officials, the initial estimate for hosting the National Games in 2022 was Rs 2,000 crore which will also coincides with the celebration of the 50th year of Meghalaya’s statehood.
The state government has also been asked to complete all infrastructural requirements for the game by 2021.
Any delay in hosting the National Games, the penalty clause in the contract will come into play in which the state government will have to pay Rs 2 crore per year.
“The preparation is already on and we are in the process of identifying and acquiring land for construction of stadiums and game villages in the different districts of the state,” Lyngdoh said here on Friday.
He informed that the Land Bank Committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary PW Ingty, which is looking into the matter, has held at least four sittings.
“In some places, land has been identified,” Lyngdoh said while informing that the government will need to construct as many as 17 new stadiums and two game villages for hosting of the mega sports event in the state.
According to the Minister, land needed for construction of the game village is 100 acres, for mini game village 50 acres while 10 acres each for the stadiums.
He said that different committees including the Team Preparation Committee headed by the Director of Sports & Youth Affairs have also been formed.
Lyngdoh further informed that the organizing committee headed by the Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma will also hold a meeting to discuss on the preparation for the event on Wednesday next.
“We want to ensure that the government is successful in its endeavour to host this mega event,” he said.
Lyngdoh also said that the initial amount required for infrastructural requirements and others has been worked out but the same has to be finalized by the working group committee.
Meanwhile, as many as 35 sports disciplines have been shortlisted for the event.