50 percent civil work of new assembly building completed: Speaker

Shillong, Sept 9: Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, on Wednesday, held a detailed meeting to review the progress of construction work of the new assembly building in Mawdiangdiang.

Urban Affairs Minister Hamletson Dohling, Chief Secretary M. S. Rao, and officials from PWD Building, Urban Affairs, Security, Finance and Planning and other line departments were present at the meet.

Speaking after the meeting, the Speaker informed that 50 percent of the civil work has been completed. He added that the intention was to complete the building by December 2021.

He also said that Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has assured there won’t be a shortage in funds with regards to the project.

The estimated budget of the new assembly building is 141 crore project and the tender value is 127.76 crores. Construction work of the building began in June 2019 and it is being constructed by Uttar Pradesh-based Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Ltd.

On the issue of shortage of skilled labourers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the speaker said that he has spoken with the political department to work out details on how to bring skilled workers from outside the state.

He lauded the effort of the contractors and said that he was happy with the progress.

“When I compare it to the last inspection I conducted in the month of June… the progress report is very fantastic. This is very challenging and in fact, they (contractors) have not come to us with excuses, they came to us with solutions,” Metbah said.