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.

The construction of the centre is in the final stage of completion.

The chief minister inspected the site along with the commissioner and secretary, department of arts and culture, F. Kharkongor.

The chief minister was briefed about the progress of the construction works during his visit.

“The construction of SICPAC is almost complete with finishing and furnishing being currently underway,” the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), Meghalaya, said.

The officials informed that the construction and handing over of the project will be completed within this financial year.

Officials of the department informed that physical progress of about 83% is complete.

The prestigious project is constructed at an estimated cost of over Rs 108 crore and the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs has agreed to sanction additional Rs 12.85 crore for light and sound show in two auditoriums viz., black box and little theatre.

The responsibility of installation of sound and light system in the remaining auditorium-multipurpose hall has been given to the North Eastern Council (NEC) at a cost of Rs 10 crore.

The State Level Empowered Committee has recommended the proposal which is awaiting approval of NEC, the CMO added.

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