Lays foundation stone of Regional Convention Centre at NEZCC complex
Morung Express News
Dimapur | October 5
Nagaland Governor, PB Acharya, today said the ultimate goal of the seven zonal cultural centres in the country is to promote “national and emotional integration.” The Governor said the cultural centres including North East Zonal Cultural Centre (NEZCC) exist not for the sake of providing mere entertainment but to work towards emotional integration and strengthen the social fabric of the great nation.
Acharya who laid the foundation stone of the Regional Convention Centre here at NEZCC complex expressed high hopes that the upcoming convention centre would act as the nodal agency to identity and promote artistes of the eight northeastern states.
“This centre is not only for Nagaland state but for all the eight NE states. All the NE states should be proud of their rich cultural heritage,” he said. Acharya noted that many of the cultural dances and songs of the various communities in the country are linked with agriculture activities and added India is an agriculture nation and a country of villages.
He also reminded that India is a peaceful nation and in all its history, the country has never invaded any other nation. “This is our culture,” he said. On development in the North East Region, the Governor commented that the fruits of Independence have not reached equitably to all corner of the country. Acharya also said though Nagaland state has five universities, yet they have failed to produce employable youths. He said universities should connect with industries and commerce so that educated youth find gainful employment.
The Governor further said Nagaland is rich in natural resources but due to lack of infrastructure, the state continues to lag behind in terms of development. “We have condemned ourselves to poverty, begging from the Centre,” Acharya said.
Director, NEZCC, Lipokmar Tzudir, said the master plan of the regional convention centre had been proposed since inception of NEZCC 27 years ago. However, it was only in 2014 that the Union Ministry of Culture approved the master plan. He said the state-of-the-art convention centre would have three levels (storeys) with a main theater (2,000 sitting capacity), mini theatre (300 sitting capacity), conference hall (250 capacity) and three lobbies including ‘Hall of Fame’ to display the “achievers” from the NE Region.
Tzudir informed that the fund for construction of the centre has already been sanctioned and the building is designed by Dimapur-based JS Architects.
Meanwhile, Chairman, Diphupar Village Council extended greetings on the occasion and pledged full support and cooperation to NEZCC.