Land acquisition is the biggest challenge for Meghalaya government to prepare for the National Games 2022, this was stated by Meghalaya Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Zenith M. Sangma.
“Land is a big hurdle but the government has started identifying land for building infrastructure for the event,” he stated, adding, “The government has decided to create a land bank of its own. Soil testing will be done before preparing detailed project reports for the infrastructure.”
The two major venues for the event will be in and around Shillong and Tura. Meghalaya will host the National Games 2022 that coincides with the 50th year of the creation of the state. “There will be a series of committees and sub-committees at different levels to ensure that the preparation for the event is smooth. Meghalaya received the final go-ahead for hosting the games on March 20. “
The tripartite agreement involving the Indian Olympic Association, the Meghalaya state Olympic Association and Meghalaya Government will be signed shortly.
“Besides, there is a proposal to host 38 disciplines when Meghalaya hosts the event in 2022 and Rs 1,300-1,500 crore would be required to host the event with 60-70 per cent assistance from the Centre,” he informed, “Meghalaya is looking at the Kerala model of holding the event which will create infrastructure in a way so that they could be used even for holding international sporting events after the National games.”