Shillong, Oct 25 (PTI) Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot Thursday announced that a stadium of international standard for differently abled persons will be set up in Meghalaya. Also Read - Petrol, Diesel Prices Reduced by More Than Rs 7 in THIS State | Check Latest Fuel Price Here

The stadium will be constructed at an estimated cost of over Rs 200 crore, the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment said at the Samajik Adhikarita Shivir, aids and assistive devices distribution camp, for the differently abled person. Also Read - Meghalaya: 6 Migrant Workers Fall to Death in Deep Forest Pit

Talking to newsmen, Gehlot said his ministry intends to set up national sports stadium in five states across the country for the differently abled persons and Meghalaya is one of the states. Also Read - Meghalaya Opens For Tourists After COVID Restrictions - Here's Date, SOPs And All You Need to Know

He said that this was decided after Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma approached him with a proposal and also provided 50 acres of land for the same.

The Union minister informed that the detail project report (DPR) will be prepared very soon and that the stadium, which will be of international standard, should come up before National Games 2022.

The Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister said his ministry will set up a Composite regional centre in Meghalaya, which will start work once the space is made available.

Talking about the Samajik Adhikarita Shivir, aids and assistive devices distribution camp, the Union Minister said that it is biggest camp in the North East and the message is that the public should know about the scheme and get to see and know about the quality of products they are getting.

There are almost 7000 beneficiaries in Shillong and Tura in the two days camp, he said.

Earlier, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the idea of setting up a stadium started three to four months back when he had met the Union minister and discussed an array of issues and received good response and support.

He said that this stadium will also be put to use during the National Games 2022.

While expressing his “satisfaction” over being allotted one such sport centres of the country, he said “the State is lucky to have such a stadium.”

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.