SHILLONG, Apr 18: The construction of the Crowborough Hotel at Khyndailad, is taking time to be complete because certain modifications are being carried out at the old building, the Meghalaya Assembly was informed on Wednesday.
“There is no fire escape, escalator, lifts among other things,” state Tourism Minister Metbah Lyngdoh informed the House during the Question Hour.
It may be mentioned that work on the Crowborough Hotel, had started in 1986 but was stopped following disputes which led to court cases between the government of Meghalaya and contractors.
Lyngdoh also informed the House that the first contractor, M/s SA Builder which first took up the construction of the hotel constructed two floors, while, M/s Astra Construction, constructed the remaining seven floors.
The Tourism Minister also informed the House that the current lessee Leslee Shylla, has to complete the construction of eight economy rooms, 58 standard rooms, 30 deluxe rooms, five suites, a banquet hall, a coffee shop, a general store, an employee area and an administrative office.
The agreement with Shylla was to construct and run the hotel after paying Rs 98.99 crore to MTDC for a period of 33 years.
Independent legislator from Mawphlang, Syntar Klas Sunn informed the House that the state government paid, M/s SA Builder Rs 1.94 crore and later M/s Astra Construction Rs 1.3 crore as out of court settlements with these two firms.