Kolkata Meghalaya House inauguration: delay continues

By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: The inauguration of the Kolkata Meghalaya House at Russel Street will be delayed once again as the General Administration Department (GAD) is still preparing the proposal for the funds required for construction of the sewerage.

“We are yet to submit the proposal for the funds which would be required for construction of the sewerage from the Meghalaya House to the main sewerage of the Kolkata Municipal Board,” official sources informed while adding that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) would have to approve the proposed funds for the construction of the sewerage following which the GAD will propose the amount to the Finance department for its nod.

While stating that the Meghalaya House would be inaugurated within this year, the source informed that the main sewerage is not too far from the complex and once the funds are approved, the construction would not take much time.

The project has hit several hurdles with the cost escalating from the initial Rs 22 crore to Rs 49.2 crore.

Following the cost escalation, the State Government was compelled to constitute an independent technical committee to screen the revised estimated budget of Kolkata Meghalaya House project which finally justified the escalation.

Official sources informed that the State Government will get revenue of Rs 25-30 lakh from the commercial block in the building each month.