Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma laid the foundation for the Khadi plaza at Barik here today.
The total project cost for the plaza is pegged at Rs 2, 73, 76,685 funded by NEC to be implemented by the Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation.
The proposed building is of RCC frame type structure with G+3 storey building with components for handicraft products, honey and food products, leather goods, cosmetic products, readymade garments, cloth items, jute and carpet and blacksmith items.
The Chief Minister exhorted that the building will be an iconic structure showcasing the local products and artistry of the State even when it comes to using the materials that would be used in the construction of the building. “I am sure that this Khadi plaza will benefit the farmers and artisans to showcase their products and serve as a link between the local artisans and the market,” he said.
Sangma said that the State government has always stressed on giving a push to nano and micro entrepreneurs and artisans to work in an enterprising manner and create value to the business.
“The lack of studios and emporiums and also the lack of access to commercial urban markets is often a hindrance to the entrepreneurs and artisans who are not able to translate their talents into a successful enterprise and having such an outlet would also help tourists who visit the State to buy local products,” he said.
Meghalaya Khadi and Village Industries Board (MKVIB) chairman, Gavin Mylliem said that once completed the Khadi market complex would help to generate revenue for the board and said that the project was the outcome of the concerted efforts of NEC, Department of Commerce and Industries, MIDC and MKVIB.
Economic Advisor, Banking and Industries, NEC and Chief Executive Officer, MKVIB were also present on the occasion.