Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Wednesday inspected the ongoing construction of the Shillong International Centre for Performing Arts and Culture (SICPAC) at Mawdiangdiang, which is in the final stage of completion.
He was accompanied by Commissioner and Secretary, Department of Arts and Culture, F. Kharkongor.
The Chief Minister was briefed about the progress of the works. The construction of SICPAC is almost complete with finishing and furnishing is currently underway.
The officials informed that the construction and handing over of the projects will be completed within this financial year. Officials of the department informed that physical progress of about 83% is complete.
The prestigious project is being constructed at an estimated cost of over 108 cr and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt of India has agreed to sanction additional 12.85 cr for light and sound show in two auditoriums viz., black box and a little theatre.
The cost of installation of sound and light system in the remaining auditorium – multipurpose hall has been posed to the North Eastern Council (NEC) at a cost of ₹ 10 crores. The State Level Empowered Committee has recommended the proposal which is awaiting approval of NEC.