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Govt to seek response from stakeholders for Assembly dome collapse

Shillong, Sep 9: The state government will seek explanation from the stakeholders as the report submitted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG) pointed out lack of coordination resulting in the collapse of the dome of the new Assembly building.

Speaking to reporters, Chief Minister Conrad  Sangma said on Friday that the report of the IITG was placed before the High Power Committee (HPC) during its meeting chaired by Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh.

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The chief minister said the IITG in its report had indicated that the reasons that led to the incident was because the overall weight of the dome was too heavy and that there was total lack of coordination between the different agencies that include the designers, contractors and project management consultant (PMC) because had it been done properly the entire situation could have been avoided.

However, the report said the rest of the new Assembly building was found to be safe and all foundation and structural strengths were as per standards.

The chief minister said the HPC has instructed the state government to immediately call all the different stakeholders which are designers, contractors and the PMC for explanation based on the report.

“So the government will be calling all the stakeholders for an explanation based on the report. The government will come up with suggestions on what further process should follow and will place the same before the HPC which will again sit within the next one week or ten days’ time,” he said.

To a question, he said if the HPC decides to go ahead with the dome structure, then it should be a lighter weight structure.

“The report says it should replace the dome structure with a light steel tubular truss structure covered with CGI sheet. They have suggested that which basically means that the structure can still be a dome but it should be much lighter as compared to the 4.50 lakh kg of dome that was there in the initial structure which was concrete and steel and other structures that were there,” he said.

Whether responsibility will be fixed, the chief minister said “We have to seek their explanation why this has happened and we will hear their side of the story and once we hear all of that then will take a decision on all those aspects, including the cost of damage,” he added.

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