Naharlagun: The wait is now finally over as the construction of the much-awaited educational institute in the state — India’s third Film and Television Institute (FTI) at Jollang-Rakap in Papum Pare district — has already been started followed by the traditional ‘Bhumi Pujan’ recently.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the 253-acre institute during his visit to the state in February this year.
Addressing the function, attended in large numbers by all the village chiefs and leaders of the adjoining areas, Satyajit Ray Institute of Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, Professor A Dutta, while highlighting the significance of the up-coming institute, and said that it will produce and nurture talented local youths in the fields of cinematography, sound and lighting engineering, direction and other related subjects.
Information and public relations director Obang Tayeng said the state government is taking every possible step for early construction of the project.
Congratulating the locals of the area, Tayeng at the same time called upon them to be a part of the project and help in building and making the institute one of the best in the entire country.
Hu Tatu from K K Construction has appealed all the villagers to extend every possible support in smooth undertaking of the project. He assured that the Rs 128-crore project would be completed in two-year time provided there is full co-operation from the local communities.
Officers of various wings of the central public works department, including its executive engineer Rohit Meena, were also present on the occasion.