The new Meghalaya Assembly building.

Shillong: A High Powered Committee (HPC) on Tuesday has decided to constitute a third party audit to investigate the dome collapse incident at new Meghalaya Assembly Building at Mawdiangdiang, Shillong.

The HPC meeting was attended by Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, Leader of Opposition (LOP) Dr Mukul Sangma, MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh, MLA Renikton Tongkhar, MLA Sniawbhalang Dhar and MLA Dasakhiat Lamare, besides the chief secretary and other officers.

Briefing mediapersons, Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh said they have discussed at length the incident at the new building site and few decisions were taken.

The HPC has decided that no unauthorised person will be allowed to enter the building for safety measures. The entire area will be covered, so as to avoid any damage from water leakage in the building. And a third party audit will investigate as to what exactly happened.

The audit team will investigate what led to the incident besides looking into the strength of other areas like the left and right wing, the corridor of the main hall, reception area of the new assembly building.

“We have decided to ensure that the institution that we are calling for the audit will be from an IIT. We would like to have a team from either IIT Guwahati, Kolkata or Delhi, depending on the readiness of the institution to carry out the investigation,” Lyngdoh said. 

He added that the HPC has tasked the PWD (building) department to take care of the communication process on behalf of the Meghalaya government with the IITs.

The Speaker also informed that though they have not set any timeframe, they would  want all reports as early as possible so that they can take the next course of action.
Until then the work at the main assembly building will come to a halt, he added.

The Speaker added that the next HPC will be convened after they get the audit report. “For now, it will be too premature to take any decision or actions against anyone,” stated Lyngdoh.

The HPC has also decided not to clear any debris from the spot.

Earlier in the day, CM Sangma and the Speaker had inspected the site to understand the loss incurred.

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