The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Monday demanded an immediate independent probe by any central agency, following the collapse of the dome of the new Assembly building at Mawdiangdiang on Sunday. The opposition congress has also asked the state Government to suspend the Assembly construction work and take action against the sub contractor Badri Rai and Company for shoddy construction.
Addressing media persons, MPCC working president Pynshngain N Syiem said, “The state government should institute an independent inquiry. It will be good if a central agency will come to inquire and anyone involved in the incident should be punished.”
He said that incident was only a tip of the iceberg of the rot that lies beneath the willy-nilly functioning of the present NPP led government under Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and his Deputy Prestone Tynsong.
Syiem also said that the state government should also keep in abeyance all construction work till the inquiry is completed.
“We also demand that the company implementing the project should be blacklisted for putting the lives of the people at risk,” he said.
The Congress leader further questioned the government’s decision to allow a company which had been rejected during the tendering process to take a sub contract for construction of the Assembly building.
“It is also understood that as per the tender clause, there was no scope of subcontracting, but it is evident, the qualifying firm, Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Ltd (UPRNN Ltd) had subcontracted the work to BRC Ltd, a construction based company from Assam, which has got no experience in Dome Structure building and this firm is executing the work,” Syiem said.
He said they cannot blame the design as it has been vetted by non-other than one of the best engineering institutions of the country, IIT-Roorkee.
Syiem also questioned how a company which has quoted the minimum rate of Rs 127 crore has been allotted the work.
“Let me remind that after the tender has been called we understand that the tender was fixed at Rs 145 crore but we failed to understand that the UP based company UPRNN Ltd has quoted the rate at Rs 127 crore, a difference of Rs 18 crore,” he said.
“We also fail to understand that they have also revised the estimates to Rs 181 crore while the second revision is more than Rs 200 crore. Despite this huge amount, we also fail to understand why the quality of the construction is poor,” he added.