Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday admitted that the collapse of the dome of the new Assembly building was a setback even as he assured that the state government is committed to ensure the project is completed at the earliest.
“Yes we have had a setback but I can assure the people of the state that we will ensure this project moves forward and we are more determined to ensure it is completed. Challenges are there but the challenges will not bring us down,” Conrad said.
Conrad informed that the level or the height of this dome is even higher than the dome that is there in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
“There is no project in the whole Northeast or even eastern part of India which this kind of project has been tried out because of the technical complication. Therefore, one has to keep in mind that it is not a simple construction…you know it (dome) is huge and weighs hundreds of metric tons.”
“This is a very highly technical building which has never been tried out in the entire NE region. It is for the first time and it would have been an iconic structure. We were really working towards it. But now this thing has happened, we will get up again and we will keep moving forward and we will ensure that we complete this project,” he stated.
On the allegation made by the Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma that there is a CBI case pending against the firms engaged in the construction of the new Assembly building, Conrad however said he is not aware of the matter and that he will find out the background of the said case.
“…inquiries happen if somebody is convicted and somebody is found to be guilty then that is a different issue,” he said.
On Tuesday, Mukul had revealed that Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2018 had sought files pertaining to the M/s Design Associates, Noida which has been allotted with 20 projects amounting to Rs 3,755 crore and files pertaining M/s Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Ltd (UPRNN Ltd) for the work of remodeling and face lift of ESI Model Hospital, Rajaji Nagar.
The case was filed by the CBI against PC Chaturvedi, IAS (Retd), the then Director General of ESI Corporation and other unknown officials of ESOC for committing irregularities in awarding capital works, consultancy, sanction of funds without authority, failure to follow the transparency requirements and CVC guidelines in awarding contracts for architectural consultancy and construction work by ESI Corporation during 2007-2009.
The chief minister said that there could be many reasons why inquiries take place and to judge and say that a person is guilty before the final inquiry and the report come, it would be unfair
“But nonetheless since you mentioned this to me I will find out the background of this entire thing is. As I said, still based on inquiry and complaint, if people are found guilty and we start punishing them just because an inquiry is going on that is completely again not fair. Therefore, if the conviction is there, then definitely it is a serious matter,” he stated.