The Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot, announced that a stadium of international standard for differently-abled persons will be set up in Meghalaya. The stadium will be constructed at an estimated cost of over Rs 200 crore. The announcement was made by the Minister while speaking at the Samajik Adhikarita Shivir, aids and assistive devices distribution camp, for differently-abled persons.
• The Union Social Justice Ministry intends to set up national sports stadium for differently-abled persons in five states across the country and Meghalaya is one of the states.
• The decision was taken after Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma came forward with the proposal and also provided 50 acres of land for the same.
• The detail project report (DPR) for the same will be prepared very soon. The stadium is expected to be completed before National Games 2022.
• The Social Justice Ministry would also be setting up a Composite regional centre in Meghalaya, which will start work once space is made available.
The thought of setting up a stadium for the differently-abled was initiated 3-4 months back when Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma had met Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot and discussed an array of issues and received good response and support. The stadium would also be put to use during the National Games 2022.