The construction of the hotel was stalled for decades and since 2019 work has resumed  Credit: File Image

Shillong: The Crowborough Hotel in Shillong will be operational for public by September, 2020. This was announced by Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma during a House discussion on Monday.

Sangma’s response came after a question was raised by Opposition MLA PT Sawkmie amid the ongoing Budget Session in Meghalaya on Monday.

Sangma informed that in 2008, an agreement was signed between the government of Meghalaya and Lesly Shylla for leasing out the project and the bid amount was fixed at Rs 98.9 crore for a period of 33 years. He added that the party concerned has paid an amount of Rs 10.83 crore and another amount of Rs 10.01 crore was not paid.

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Five extensions were given to the person and in 2016, a show-cause notice was served and later, through an arbitration process, it was decided that the amount will be paid in installments.

Sangma expressed confident that the project would be completed by September, 2020.

Sawkmie asked if this would be run by Taj Vivanta? Sangma said that an agreement was signed with Lesly Shylla post arbitration and a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) was created between the person concerned and Aura hotels and Resorts Pvt Ltd and later they signed an agreement with Taj Vivanta to run and manage the hotel.

Sangma further added that the hotel will not be run by the government. And that if any delay in the project, Lesly Shylla will be responsible.

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