Shillong, Feb 28: The High Power Committee (HPC) on Thursday finalised the contractor to build the state’s new Assembly Building.
It may be mentioned that Meghalaya has been functioning from a temporary building after the Assembly building was gutted in a devastating fire in 2001.
According to officials, the the construction of the long awaited new state Assembly building will be handled by Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Ltd a Uttar Pradesh-based government company PSU.
Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy said that the construction of the new Assembly building at Mawdiangdiang, New Shillong will commence before this year’s Lok Sabha election.
“We have approved the proposal to allot the construction work to Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Ltd which is PSU of the Uttar Pradesh government,” Dr Roy said.
The company has been given 36 months to complete its construction.
The Speaker, while terming the new Assembly building as the best in the region informed that the HPC has decided to request the state government to speed up the process of releasing its share of 10 percent amounting to Rs 12 crore required for its construction.
The meeting was attended by the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong, deputy Speaker Timothy D Shira.
The chief minister has expressed confident that the state government would be able to complete the work within the stipulated time, which is fixed for 36 months.
Conrad said the project cost was estimated at Rs 145 crore and the quotation that came in from this company was Rs 127 crore which is very much within the sanction amount.
The chief minister also said that apart from mobilising funds from own resources, the state government would also approached the Centre for extending financial support.
“At the same time we have already started initiating talks with financial institutions and agencies…it is in an advance stage and now we will have to take a decision on how to move forward,” he said.
The new Assembly building will be constructed at an 80 acres land at Mawdiangdiang in the New Shillong Township.
On the other hand, the leader of opposition Dr Mukul Sangma emphasised the need to constitute an independent quality monitoring committee to oversee the smooth implementation of the project.
Dr Sangma suggested for the need to constituted an independent quality monitoring committee.
“At the same time the HPC should also make frequent visits to ensure that the Assembly building is not only completed in time but also build in such a quality based on the benchmark being set in the DPR,” the opposition leader said.