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Govt plans Cineplex at Central Library complex

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Shillong, March 6: The state government is planning to come up with Cineplex at the State Central Library premises besides setting up 30 more cinema halls across the state as a part of supporting and promoting the local film industry.
The setting up of the Cineplex is part of the project revamp, redesign, and refurbishing of the State Central Library Complex. The foundation stone of this Rs 2.33 crore project was laid by Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K Sangma in the presence of Art and Culture Minister, Paul Lyngdoh.
The laying of the foundation stone is part of the one-year anniversary celebration of the NPP-led MDA 2.0 government.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma assured that the government would provide additional funds for th development of the premises of the State Central Library to provide a platform for the talented youth in the field of art and culture to nurture and showcase their talent. Sangma also informed that they would come up with a Cineplex here to allow local filmmakers to screen their movies.
He further informed that the government would come up with a total number
of 30 cinema halls across to promote the local film industry.
The chief minister said that the government wants to convert this place into a centre where talented youth can share and showcase their talent with each other to upgrade their learning process.
“We would like to make this a happening, lively, and vibrant place where different forms of art and culture can come in,” Sangma said.
Meanwhile, Art and Culture Minister Paul Lyngdoh said that the government realises that there is a dire need for the local film industry to be given a boost and the attention that it deserves.
“A couple of weeks back I visited for an inspection, along with officials of the administrative department of this entire space, and interacted with the local film fraternity. I was surprised to learn that as many as seven films have already been made and could not be released because of lack of a proper Cineplex and the high demands by other cinema halls available in town,” Lyngdoh said.
He further mentioned that the chief minister has always envisioned taking the film industry as a major vibrant segment that needs to be encouraged.
“We would like to appeal to the chief minister to be kind enough to partner with some more funds to get a space for staging dramas and for the Cineplex,” the Art and Culture minister said.

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