SHILLONG, July 14: Decades of functioning out of a makeshift Assembly building will soon end for Meghalaya’s legislators after the structural design of the new building was approved recently, thereby enabling construction to begin likely by October this year.
“We have approved the structural design for the new Assembly building and the construction will start by October if everything goes well,” Assembly Speaker Abu Taher Mondal informed after a meeting held here on Friday.
The new Assembly building will be constructed on about 80 acres of land at Mawdiangdiang under the New Shillong Township, which is about 11.5 kilometers away from the city.
Mondal informed that the estimated cost for the construction of the new building is around Rs 90 to 95 crores and is expected to be completed within 30 months time.
Mondal also said that there was a proposal by the government to widen the road from Shillong to Mawdiangdiang area even as he admitted that he is not entirely sure on this.
With regards to the land at Khyndailad area in which the old Assembly is located, the Speaker said that once the new building is completed, the land here will be handed over to the state government.
“We are proposing to convert it into a park where a mini museum displaying the replica of the old Assembly building will be installed for attracting tourists to the state,” he said.