Meghalaya Assembly building work to start from November

The Meghalaya government is planning to build a new Assembly building in the New Shillong township at a cost of Rs. 105.58 crore.

The site spread over 80 acres near the north eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences at New Shillong, Mawdiangdiang, was selected by a high- powered Assembly committee headed by Speaker Abu Taher Mondal.

According to a tender floated by the Meghalaya public works department (buildings) submission of bids by construction firms started on August 18 and will end on September 25. Eight firms have submitted their bids to construct the building so far. The process of selection of the firm that will construct the house will be completed in October and construction will start from November.

An architectural design has been selected from among nine firms that presented their designs before the committee. The selected firm had prepared a structural design and a detailed project report to construct the building. The plan is to build a structure that will last for centuries.Since the last assembly building was destroyed due to fire on 9th January 2001, all the efforts of constructing a new building were a total failure. The earlier assembly built before independence by the British in Gothic style and has hosted a SAARC ministerial meeting in 1986.

A proposal to construct a park near the old assembly building at the new site has been initiated. CM Sangma said that the new building will be a replica of the old house on the campus besides a beautiful museum which will have complete documentation, including background of the State and other related information. The new assembly building should last for centuries and should be one of the destinations for people to visit. The target is to have one portion of the building ready by 2019 and also stressed on the matter of road connectivity between Shillong with the new Shillong Township.