SHILLONG, April 26 - Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today reviewed the ongoing construction of Shillong International Centre for Performing Arts and Culture.
The Centre is being built to host mega cultural events like music, dance, theatres, films and festivals at Mawkasiang at the city suburb at an estimated cost of Rs151.33 crore.
Speaking to the media after being briefed by officials of the construction company, Sangma said the Centre will be completed soon and manpower required for manning the institute will be put in place.
The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by Meghalaya Minister for Arts and Culture, AL Hek and MLAs and officials of Public Works Department and Department of Arts and Culture, said the institute will benefit the people of the State, the region and the country.
The construction of SICPAC under Arts and Culture department was started after the contract was awarded in February, 2015 and it is expected to be completed by December this year.
The project has been approved by Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), while the fund was received from Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources. The Central share of funding is Rs136.20 crore and the rest, amounting to Rs15.13 crore is the State�s share.
The Institute will have connected buildings comprising the Multi-purpose Theatre, Little Theatre & Black Box Theatre connected through a Central Block surrounded with water bodies facing an Open Air Amphitheatre.
The Black Box Theatre will be able to accommodate 612 people, the Little Theatre 325 and the Multi-purpose Theatre 1,750. While the Central Block meant for holding Open Air Concert will be able to accommodate around 15,000 people.
The Centre will also have the latest sound systems to suit different occasions. The institute will have water 24X7 from its own perennial water sources and water harvesting facilities are already in place.