The Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has sanctioned Rs 126.94 crore for a Tura Tech Park, it was revealed today.
The amount was sanctioned by the Centre on February 8 under the Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North East Region (PM-DevINE) scheme.
The project cost includes Rs 77.70 crore as budgeted for civil/interior work, Rs 4.59 crore for road works, Rs 5.29 crore for plumbing, Rs 3.18 crore for “firefighting works”, Rs 17.30 crore for electricals and Rs 6.91 crore for HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), according to a document shared by the Chief Minister on social media.
The Tura Tech Park is meant to mirror the existing facility in Shillong, which was inaugurated to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Meghalaya statehood.
According to a state government press release, the Shillong Tech Park created 1,500 direct and 5,000 indirect jobs for “Meghalaya’s IT professionals in less than a year.”
“Enthused by that success,” the state government initiated plans for a second phase of the Shillong Tech Park that will, it is hoped, generate another 3,000 direct and 9,000 indirect jobs.
The government also hopes that the Tura facility will be as much of a boon to the Garo Hills region.