Governor Phagu Chauhan inaugurated the second Raj Bhavan in Tura, West Garo Hills district today.
The complex, located in the Danakgre area is built at cost of Rs.24.1 crores and covers an area of 28.45 acres.
The project was conceptualised in 2009 at Rs 5.48 crore to be constructed as ‘Assam type’ building with plans to complete it within three years.
However, the building was later redesigned to an earthquake-resistant RCC structure with an addition of a banquet hall. In 2016, unforeseen circumstances necessitated revisions of costs and timelines, leading to delay.
The project was later revived by in 2021 with new works orders issued to expand the scope of the project at Rs 10.98 cores and Rs 7.69 crores.
The Governor who attended the function in virtual mode expressed his delight on the construction of the beautiful complex and said that the project was yet another milestone towards enhancing the governance in the Garo Hills region.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, “This is another long-standing project that our government was able to successfully complete. The Raj Bhavan stands as a symbol of architectural excellence and civic pride, representing the heart of the city’s promising future.”
He said President Draupadi Murmu would be residing in the new complex during her upcoming visit.
Sangma also highlighted the government’s focus on strengthening administrative infrastructure across the state. Plans include relocating the Secretariat and government offices to New Shillong City and developing an Integrated Administrative Complex in Tura.
Similar initiatives are underway in Jowai for Rs 19.83 crores, with over 700 CM Citizen Service Delivery centres planned to enhance service delivery and governance in the state.