Shillong, Mar 15: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has said that river cleaning projects in the State are being taken up as Meghalaya is on the verge of celebrating its 50th year of Statehood.
“Wahumkhrah and Umshyrpi that is at a very advanced stage with Jal Shakti. There are some technological aspects which we are working on,” Sangma said during his reply to the debate on the Budget speech.
Sangma said that the Ministry has assured the Chief Minister that the project would be as a gift for Meghalaya attaining 50 years of Statehood.
The Chief Minister also said that the government will soon start mechanism cleaning of the streets in Shillong, Jowai and Tura from 2021-22.
“Which means we will be having machines (vacuum machines) to pull out the dirt as well as some machines to polish and brush the roads,” he said.
Sangma also said that the National Games proposed to be held in Meghalaya in 2022 may not be held in the State. He said that the final decision is with the Indian Olympic Association.
This year Goa will be hosting the 36th National games and subsequently, the 37th edition will be held in Chhattisgarh and Uttrakhand will host the 38 edition. Meghalaya will host the 39th edition of the national games.
He however, informed that he spoke with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, who suggested that a North East Sports Festival could be organised in Meghalaya to commemorate the State’s 50th Statehood year.
The Chief Minister also informed that the National Table Tennis Championship may be held in Meghalaya next year.
Sangma also informed the House that the year 2021-22 will be declared as the year of the youth.