Shillong: Following the collapse of the under-construction dome of the newly constructed Meghalaya Legislative Assembly building at Shillong’s Mawdiangdiang a day before, Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Monday demanded an immediate independent inquiry into the matter.

Addressing a press conference at Congress Bhawan, working president PN Syiem said, “As per the tender’s clause, there was no such provision of providing subcontract to other firm, but it is evident that the qualifying firm, UPRNN Ltd, had provided subcontract for the construction work to BRC Ltd., a construction-based company in Assam. The firm, which has no such experience in building dome structure, was executing the work.”

He further stated that blaming IIT-Roorkee for the incident would not be fair.

“Any layman can understand that the problem lies in the quality of construction work. The incident clearly indicates that the officer responsible is only shying away from his duty and allowed poor quality of construction work,” Syiem added.

“The state government should constitute an independent inquiry. It will also be good if the Central agency carried out a probe so that anyone involved in this project or responsible for the incident is brought to book,” said Syiem.

The Congress leader said it is not only about corruption but also about the lives of those workers associated with the construction work.

Echoing similar views, working president Deborah Marak also demanded an independent inquiry into the incident. “It is such a sad news and an embarrassment for all of us. We from the MPCC are concerned about this and we demand an independent inquiry to know what led to the collapse of the newly-fitted dome,” said Marak. 

The MPCC also demanded that the state government keep the project on hold or either suspend it till the inquiry report is submitted. 

The dome of the new Meghalaya Assembly building in Mawdiangdiang, which was installed recently, collapsed on Sunday. The new Assembly building is being constructed by Uttar Pradesh-based Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Ltd with a total cost is Rs 127 crore. 

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