SHILLONG | Feb 28, 2019:
Almost 18 years since the 125-year-old State Assembly building was gutted by a devastating fire in January 9, 2001, the new building will likely come out at Mawdiangdiang (New Shillong township) in four years’ time with the finalisation of the timeline for construction of the same.
Confirming this, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma wrote on Twitter, “Timeline finalised for construction of new assembly building at Mawdiangdiang, Shillong.”
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) February 28, 2019
The construction of the Assembly building has encountered several roadblocks in the past due to various reasons.
Conrad’s statement came after a meeting of the High Power Committee (HPC) headed by Assembly Speaker, Donkupar Roy in Shillong today.
The High Powered Committee today allotted the work for construction of the new Assembly building to Government based Public Sector Understanding, A-Up.
Informing about the allotment of the work to the PSU firm, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that the new Assembly building would be constructed at a total cost of Rs. 127 crore adding that the fund required for the project would be mopped up from different agencies including State own resources and resources from the Centre.
It may be mentioned that the Government had prepared a budget estimate of Rs 145 crore for this project.
“We have set the target to complete the project in four years’ time. We would like to see the project is completed before the Assembly polls to be held in 2023,” Conrad told reporters after the meeting of the HPC.
Meanwhile, Opposition leader, Dr Mukul Sangma said that it a great thing that they have been able to finalise the firm who would implement this long pending project.
“We would urge the Government to constitute quality monitoring committee to ensure that there is no compromise in the quality of work,” he said.
The previous Congress led MUA Government had earlier finalised the 80 acres land at the New Shillong Township in Mawdiangdiang.
The High Powered Committee (HPC) of the Meghalaya Assembly in the year 2017 under the previous Government was forced to scrap the tender for construction of the new Assembly building as one of the bidders quoted a rate too low and over 15 per cent lower than the bid value.
Earlier, PWD had opened the price bid after three firms – Simplex Infrastructure Pvt ltd, Gautam construction Pvt ltd and Shapoorji Pallonji Co & Ltd – qualified in the technical bidding.