FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, January 7: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma will iugurate the reconstructed Meghalaya House at Russel Street, Kolkata on January 12.
It was in June 2001 that the government entered into a joint venture deal with the AHIPL to construct the Meghalaya House.
But the deal had to be scrapped in November 2001 following protests from NGOs over the lease–period (99 years) for commercial use of the premises.
The construction company subsequently filed a case in this regard and an Arbitral Tribul ordered an out–of–court settlement of the matter in January 2003.
The origil estimate of Rs 22 crore for the construction of entire Meghalaya House at Kolkata shot upto 49. 2 crore. Now with the additiol furnishing works, the expenditure will be over Rs 52 crore.
It may be mentioned that on August 5, 2013, the Meghalaya House was handed over to GAD Minister HDR Lyngdoh at a ‘handing and taking over ceremony’ held at Kolkata as the State Public Works Department (PWD) formally took over the Meghalaya House from the construction agency, M/s Asian Housing and Infrastructure Pvt Limited. It may be mentioned that the Meghalaya House at Russel Street, Kolkata has three blocks. Block–I which comprises of basement plus ground floor and five structure comprising of a commercial block with a total built up area of 80950 sq ft.
Block–II comprises of ground floor plus five structure with a total built up area of 41364 sq ft which included the Guest House and the Office Block comprising of a reception area, estate office, dining room, eight double bedded ordiry rooms, 19 double bedded VIP rooms, one VVIP suite and two dormitories.
Block–III has ground floor plus five structure and service block for support staff with a total built up area of 15006 sq ft comprising of twelve staff quarters, two officers quarters, one dormitory and drivers’ rest room. According to reports the State Government will get revenue of Rs 25–30 lakh from the commercial block in the building each month.