Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh today requested financial assistance from Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla for the construction of the new Assembly building at Mawdiangdiang in New Shillong.
The total cost of the Assembly building project is Rs. 141 crores and the tender value is Rs. 127.76 crores. Construction of the Assembly building had started in June 2019. The building is being constructed by Uttar Pradesh-based Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Ltd.
It may be informed that the 125-year-old structure that housed the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly was burned down in a devastating fire in 2001 and since then the State did not have a permanent Assembly building.
The Assembly Speaker also said that the intention of the Assembly Secretariat is to hold the 2022 budget session in the new Assembly building coinciding with the 50th year of Meghalaya statehood but that depends if everything goes as per the plan.
Lyngdoh is currently in Kevadiya, Gujarat attending the two-day Presiding Officers’ Conference which commenced today.
At the conference, Lyngdoh spoke about the harmonious coordination between legislature, executive and judiciary. During his speech, he also briefly covered on the Covid situation in Meghalaya.
The two-day Presiding Officers’ Conference also known as Speakers’ conference was held on the theme “Harmonious coordination between Legislature, Executive and Judiciary – Key to a vibrant democracy.”
The conference was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, and speakers from other state legislative assemblies including Meghalaya Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, Deputy Speaker Timothy D Shira were in attendance.