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Mizoram Assembly orders probe into Rajiv stadium works


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AIZAWL: Doubtful over an expenditure of Rs 100 lakh in the ongoing construction of Rajiv Gandhi Sports Stadium at Mualpui here, the Mizoram assembly subject committee IV has ordered a probe into it.

In its report to the recent winter session of the state Assembly, the subject committee chaired by Congress legislator K Lianzuala said that the Mizoram state sports council (MSSC) in its annual report claimed to have spent Rs 100 from the 2009-2010 state plan on the construction of the full-fledged stadium.

The committee wanted the investigation be completed within the three months.

While the MSSC officials told the subject committee that Rs 100 lakhs was spent for procurement of land for parking lot, the state PWD officials said the fund for acquiring land for the purpose had already been included in the estimated cost of the entire project.

The PWD was also not aware of the said expenditure of Rs 100 lakhs by the MSSC.

On the contrary, the PWD informed the subject committee that Rs 400 lakh had been spent on construction of the parking lot, which included procurement of land.

The Assembly committee has also found that there was no coordination among the works department, MSSC and state sports & youth services department on the project.

The Rajiv Gandhi Sports Stadium, the first full fledged sports complex in Mizoram, is expected to be completed next year.

The sports complex will comprise of a football ground and an eight lane athletic track of international standards.

It is being constructed at a cost of 150 crore rupees. The project began in 2009 and is one of the biggest sports complex of the state.

The 12th Finance Commission had granted Rs 25 crore for the construction of the stadium in the hilly state of Mizoram. (UNI)


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