Mizoram deputy chief minister Tawnluia laid the foundation stone of Aizawl Indoor Stadium at Republic Vengthlang in the state capital.

The project, to be constructed at a cost of Rs 763.45 lakh, has been funded by the Union ministry of youth affairs and sports under the Khelo India scheme.

The Centre has already sanctioned Rs. 450 lakh for the project.

The foundation laying ceremony on Thursday was attended by sports minister Robert Romawia Royte, Rajya Sabha member K. Vanlalvena and Mamit MLA H. Lalzirliana, among others.

Laying the foundation stone, Tawnluia, who is also the urban development and poverty alleviation (UD&PA) minister, said the state government is making massive efforts to promote sports in the state.

He said the football ground at Aizawl’s Durtlang locality will be upgraded into the biggest football ground in the state as part of Aizawl smarty city project under the UD & PA department.

Football grounds at Zemabawk and Chite will be expanded and new football grounds will be constructed at Hlimen, Edenthar and Tuivmit within the jurisdiction of Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC), he said.

Tawnluia said the state government is taking steps for the development of the youths.

He expressed hope that the indoor stadium would be benefited by the people after its completion.

Robert Romawia Royte, who graced the event as a guest of honour, said the proposed indoor stadium, meant for volleyball, will be constructed in such a manner that it could host national level tournaments.

He said the indoor stadium will be of international standard and it will be used for hosting state level championship of other sports disciplines besides volleyball.

Besides a volleyball court, the indoor stadium will be equipped with a 242 capacity gallery, player room, four toilets, official room and medical room, among others.

The ground floor will be used as a market shed, security cabin and parking lot for both four-wheelers and two-wheelers.

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