Meghalaya Legislative Assembly will be moved into a new facility soon.
A major chunk of the old building-made of Burmese teak wood-was destroyed in a fire 16 years ago. The original building, located at Khyndailad, was 125 years old. Finally, three firms have been shortlisted to construct a new assembly building, the work of which is expected to begin next month.
Speaker of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, A.T. Mondal, told Shillong Times that the government will try its best to ensure that project takes off next month.
“A total number of three companies have been shortlisted for the financial bid based on the technical valuation of the Public Work Department,” he said.
Mondal added that the lowest bidder will be awarded the contract for construction of the project.
“We have set certain limitations. If the first successful bidder fails to comply with the conditions set by the Government then the second lowest bidders would be given the contract to execute the project.”
The construction will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs.14 crores and the estimated date of completion will be three years from the day of commencement.
The former building was built in Gothic style of architecture by the British and had hosted a SAARC ministerial level meeting in 1986. After the old building was reduced to ashes, the sittings of the Legislative Assembly were first held at State’s Central Library auditorium and later shifted to Arts & Culture auditorium within the premises of Brookside, Rilbong, the house where Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore began writing his “Shesher Kobita” in 1919.