No change in September deadline for new Assembly building: Speaker

Shillong, Feb 1: Assembly Speaker Thomas  Sangma said there is no change in the September deadline though the progress of work of the new Assembly building at Mawdiangdiang is slow.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, the Speaker expressed unhappiness over the slow progress of work.


“I had conducted an inspection today and I am not very happy with the progress of work frankly speaking but I have asked them to expedite  the work”, he said, adding that there is delay in getting materials.

He said, “As you all know as the central area where the House is being built is on prefabricated steel, materials take time to come here especially our roads are not able to carry so much of loads as it has to go round while coming so it takes time for the material to reach.”

“However, 50% of the materials have reached so they can start the work,” he said.

The speaker said there are many factors which affect the work as the materials are coming from Maharashtra and the delay is not because of the rehabilitation works of the Umiam Dam.

“The progress is happening but it is slightly slow. As I said because of the materials not being able to reach , we have completed only the paneling works out in the right wing and left wing of the building. The work is almost completed. I can say safely it is almost around 90%. The only part remaining is the middle portion which is the main hall where we will have the Assembly Hall”, he said.

“September deadline is still on. There is still time where we can finish it. We have been assured that the house flooring, the central hall, the dome’s portion will be completed by March. So if that happens I think we should be on time,” he said.

The Speaker said the workers have cleared  debris caused by the collapse of the dome.

“I am taking personal interest in it so I am regularly going to visit and try to make sure the work does not get delayed,” he said.

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