Speaker to pursue resolution of Assembly building imbroglio

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, March 12: While expressing his hope that Meghalaya will get a new a new Assembly building in the next 5 years, newly elected Speaker, Dr. Donkupar Roy said that the financial bid will be examined again very soon to ensure construction of the new building of the State Assembly kicks off at the earliest.
“The matter (financial bid) will be examined by the High Powered Committee (HPC) and accordingly find solution to the problem,” Dr. Roy informed after the special session of the Assembly held here on Monday.

Dr. Roy said that the problem now is only in the financial bid wherein out of the two parties which have cast their tenders, one had quoted a bid which is below 15 percent while the other is above 20 per cent.
“So because of this I was told that the committee had proposed that the matter should be retendered. Therefore we will examine it again,” he said while assuring that he would expedite the matter to ensure that construction of the new Assembly building starts.
The state government had allotted land measuring 80 acres at Mawdiangdiang in the New Shillong Township for the project. The Speaker said that there will be no change with regards to the venue and the design for the new building.
 Expressing hope that the state will get its own Assembly building within five years, Roy however said, “But this will totally depend on the fund position of the state.”
Earlier while addressing the House, the Speaker has also sought the cooperation of the state government on the matter.
The cost for the construction of the project is estimated to be at Rs 141.14 crore and the targeted time fixed to complete the project is within 36 months.
It may be mentioned here that the State Legislative Assembly for the past 16 years does not have a permanent building ever since the fire incident that destroyed the old assembly building at Khyndailad way back in 2001.
Because of this, Meghalaya is currently the only state in the country without an Assembly building.


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