Inaugurating Queen's Baton Relay Park at the hilltop beside Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Mualpui  Chief Minister Shri Lal Thanhawla, who is also President, Mizoram Olympic Association and Vice President, Indian Olympic Association accompanied by his wife Mrs. Lal Riliani, Council of Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLA's and top officials has planted numerous tree saplings on the spot, this morning at 7:00AM. A brief function before comencement of tree plantation, as a part of Commonwealth Games preparation, was presided over by Mr Van Hela Pachuau, IAS, Chief Secretary.

Chief Minister cited that the tree plantation program was carried out as a welcoming gesture to the 19th Commonwealth Games 2010, Delhi  inasmuch as it is to commemorate the arrival of Queen's Baton Relay, tomorrow. As tree plantation has been the core policy of Green Mizoram Programme he made an earnest plea that more saplings be planted where ever there exists waste land even as the exisisting forest be conserved.He had also equated the significance of planting trees with that of  its maintenance and preservations. Inspite of some problems India is well capable to showcase a sucessful and epoch making 19th Commonwealth Games 2010, Delhi for the first time, he also said. He regarded hosting of a Common Wealth Nations's sporting event to be not only a proud moment for Indian but an important chapter in the annals of Indian Sport. In the context of Mizoram, the Chief Minister was also quoting the progress of construction work of Rajiv Gandhi Stadium at Mualpui, which he believed would eventually be completed  in a short time as it has been approved by the UPA Ministry under the able aegis of Smt.Sonia Gandhi. Negotiation of Rs 70 crore with the Planning Commission by means of additional assistance is under way at this juncture, he cited. The chief Minister had also lauded and acknowledged the feats and achievements of the atletes of mizoram despite inadequate sport facilities even as he vowed to bring Mizoram to the world sport map.


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