Assembly building: Hek urges Modi to probe tender process

BJP MP Alexander L Hek today wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding a high-level investigation into the ‘questionable bidding process’ and award of a contract for the construction of the new building Assembly at Mawdiangdiang in New Shillong Township.

In a letter to Modi, Hek said the findings of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati clearly indicated that the dome of the assembly building under construction had collapsed on May 22 due to its weight. death and lack of coordination between designers and contractors working on the project.

Hek also said that at the start of the bidding process, Assam-based Badri Rai Company Limited was disqualified after a technical evaluation because the company had no previous experience in building a dome and did not have the minimum criteria of bank solvency certificate, overdraft and credit facilities. limit issued by a nationalized bank of at least 20 percent of the estimated cost of the project put out to tender.

“The contract was then awarded to Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Limited who then sub-contracted the project to the same Badri Rai Company Limited which was rejected in the initial bidding process on several grounds,” said Hek said in the letter to Modi.

“Undoubtedly, this unholy coalition between Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Limited and Badri Rai Company Limited has caused great damage to the state. It not only brought ignominy, but also a huge loss to the public treasury,” he added.

Hek, who is also the chairman of the central oversight committee of the state BJP regime, also urged the prime minister to take urgent action on the matter “by launching a high-level investigation to find out the root of this controversial coalition”. .

The findings of the 30-member IIT-Guwahati team were submitted to the High Level Committee (HPC) of the Meghalaya Legislative Committee on September 9. The HPC called on the government to immediately call the designers and contractors and demand an explanation based on the results.

IIT-Guwahati also suggested that the dome structure be replaced with a light steel tubular truss structure covered with CGI sheet.

Till date, an amount in the order of Rs 130 crore has been spent for the construction of the new assembly building on 80 acres of land at Mawdiangdiang.

Work on the building began in June 2019 and was expected to be completed in September 2022.

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