The cost for construction of the new Meghalaya Legislative Assembly building has now gone up to Rs 200 crore from the earlier Rs 141 crore.
This was informed by Assembly Speaker Thomas Sangma while speaking to media persons here today.
“From the earlier Rs 141 crore, now the total cost has gone up to Rs 200 crore,” he said.
Sangma also said that the new Assembly building is likely to be completed within a year.
Stating that the construction of the new dome design has started, Sangma said, “Now, the work has started and we are hopeful that the Assembly building will be completed within a year’s time.”
According to him, the new dome has been slightly modified and made lighter.
Construction of the new Assembly building on 80 acres of land at Mawdiangdiang had started in June 2019. The building is being constructed by Uttar Pradesh-based Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Ltd, and the total cost is Rs 127 crore. The project was supposed to be completed by August 2022.
However, the project was halted after the collapse of the 70 ton-steel dome in May 2022.
The Burmese Teak heritage Legislative Assembly building at Khyndau Lad here was reduced to ashes in 2001 when a fire broke out. At present the Assembly sessions are being held at the Art and Culture Department’s auditorium at Rilbong.