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Meghalaya seeks Rs. 5400 cr for New Shillong Township from GoI

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Shillong, Feb 22: The State government has sought financial assistance from the Centre for the development of the new Administrative city and Knowledge city at the New Shillong Township (NST).


Delivering his budget speech on Wednesday, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said land measuring 232 acres has been allocated for building of the New Shillong Administrative City, which will have a large administrative complex to house a Secretariat building and all the directorates.


This integrated administrative complex is expected to cost Rs 550 crore.


“A unity mall will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 220 crore. Administrative and police housing will also be built, along with sports infrastructure, and other urban amenities, taking the total investment to Rs 1,200 crore,” he said.


Further, the CM said while the administrative city will be the hub of government, a Knowledge city will be built at Mawkhanu-Mawpdang in the 808 acres of land procured by the government. The New Shillong Knowledge city will focus on sports, IT, tourism and agro-logistics.


“The DPR for this city at a cost of Rs 5,400 crore has already been submitted to the Government of India,” he said while adding that the construction of the various projects in the city will be funded by the State government, government of India and through private investments.


The CM said that the two new cities are expected to create 50,000 well paying jobs.


Road network between Shillong and the Administrative City at Umsawli and between the Administrative city and the Knowledge city at Mawkhanu are being taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 520 crore, he said while allocating an amount of Rs 365 crore for taking up various infrastructure projects at the Administrative city and Knowledge city for the year 2024-25.



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