SHILLONG, Aug 11: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K. Sangma on Saturday pushed the agenda of digital transformation at the historic launch of Digital Northeast 2022 at Guwahati, which was released by Union Electronic and Telecommunication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in presence of Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb.
He told the gathering that the state government has approved an amount of Rs. 35 crores for construction of phase-I of the Shillong Tech Park building. This building is located at the sprawling 80 Acres Tech Park campus in New Shillong Township.
Out of 80 acres of land, an area of 10 acres has already been handed over to the National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) for construction of its campus, the foundation of which was laid on Saturday by unveiling a digital plaque at Guwahati.
The Technology Park Building Phase-I, which is scheduled to be completed by 2020, will have about 1200 seats. These seats will be made available to IT and ITeS companies to setup their operations, which will open up employment opportunities for the local youths. The phase I building will also have facilities earmarked for Incubation Centers, Skilling Centres and Centres of Excellence. Besides these, an area of about 5000 Sq. feet will be available for setting up of a Data Center.
“The availability of skilled manpower, government land, infrastructure and a salubrious climate makes Shillong an ideal destination for setting up a Regional Data Center. By 2022, I expect that all 80 acres of the Shillong Technology Park would be fully occupied with direct employment opportunities for at least 12,000 of our youths”, the chief minister said.
The chief minister enlightened the gathering that in the agriculture sector, Meghalaya has implemented an innovative project named 1917 iTEAMS, which is a first of its kind in the country.
He acknowledged that the Central Cabinet had recently approved an amount of Rs 3911 Crores under the “Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan” to cover the uncovered villages of the state of Meghalaya with mobile network. “I wish to express my gratitude to the Central Government for sanctioning the plan and I assure you that the State Government shall extend all possible help to ensure that the project gets implemented expeditiously”.
He also urged the central government to expedite the implementation of the “Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan” and the “BharatNet” projects so that the citizens of Meghalaya can have equitable access to reliable and high quality connectivity.