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Tue, 16 Jul 2019

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Mizoram to have first elevated football ground in NE region

Mizoram to have first elevated football ground in NE region
July 08
11:02 2019

NET Bureau

It is a big smile for all football-loving people of Mizoram as the newly elected Mizo National Front (MNF) government headed by Zoramthanga is embarking on a milestone project to construct elevated football ground in the state.
State Sports minister Robert Romawia Royte informed this correspondent on Sunday that the Centre has approved in principle the proposal for construction of elevated football ground in Aizawl, which will be the first of its kind in the Northeast India region.
The minister had discussed the matter with officials of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in New Delhi last week.
“The Housing and Urban ministry strongly appreciated the proposal for elevated football ground at Aizawl as it assured optimal utilization of limited flat land in multiple manners,” he said. The Union ministry also assured immediate sanction for the new football ground, he added.
According to Royte, the elevated football ground will be constructed in Aizawl. Ground floor of the stadium will be used for parking lot while artificial turf will be laid at the first floor, he said.
“On behalf of sporting fraternity, I express our gratitude to chief minister Zoramthanga , deputy chief minister Tawnluia and Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs for their logistic help and positive decision at their respective levels,” Royte said.

Royte also met Union Sports minister Kiran Rijiju and Sports Secretary RS Julaniya and appealed them to speed up technical vetting of laying astro turf at football grounds in the newly created district headquarters of Saitual and Hnathial.
Both Rijiju and Julaniya assured the minister of early sanction of infrastructural development projects in the state, according to Royte.
In fact, the construction of Saitual and Hnathial football grounds have been halted in 2018 due to direction from the North Eastern Council (NEC).
Royte also told this correspondent that he had met the Sports Authority of India(SAI) director general, Neelam Kapoor during his visit to the national capital last week. He further said that the SAI sanctioned a new centre in Aizawl and also agreed to lay astro turf at Kolasib’s Saidan ground, near Assam border.
Royte, who also hold the Tourism portfolio, called on Union Tourism minister PS Patel on July 5 and asked him to inaugurate new 18 holes golf course at Thenzawl in Serchhip district. The Union minister also promised to take up detailed project reports of Mizoram Tourism department with to the ministry.

Royte also met DoNER secretary Inderjit Singh and both discussed a wide range of issue pertaining to DoNER ministry and NEC. Singh promised to consider the proposal made Royte regarding giving back technical vetting power to NEC and re-inclusion of sports as thrust area under DoNER and NEC.

Source: Morung Express

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