Shillong: Following an inspection carried out by the Meghalaya Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh on the work progress of the new assembly building at Mawdiangdiang, a detailed review meeting concerning the inspection was held on Wednesday.
Addressing the media Lyngdoh informed that almost 50% of the work is completed which comprises just the ceiling work. Based on the inspection, the Speaker said that they are positive that by the end of October the balance work will be completed and hopefully complete the construction of the building by December 2021.
“In addition to that also we have other things also which the contractor has to complete like the electrical, the water supply and other works also. We had called all the stakeholders who are part of this project the consultants from Delhi, design associates were also present at the site. we had also called the officers and representatives from different line departments especially from the PWD building, the security from the Police Department and from the mechanical line,” said Lyngdoh.
The total cost of the project is 141 crores and the tender value is 127.76 crores.
Concerning the funding of this project, Lyngdoh informed that the state government has assured that fund flow will not be an issue adding that even Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma assured all possible support to ensure the timely completion of the project.
Earlier, Sangma had informed that the fund required for the project would be mop up from different agencies including State own resources and resources from the Centre.
Upon asking when do they expect to hold the first session at the new Assembly, Lyngdoh said that their intention is to hold the budget session of 2022 in the new Assembly building being the 50th year of the State attaining it’s Statehood but that depends if everything goes as per the plan, however they are working in that direction.
It may be mentioned that the 125-year-old structure that housed the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly was burned down in a devastating fire in 2001 and since then the state did not have a permanent Assembly building.