By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: The State Public Works Department (PWD) took over the newly-constructed Meghalaya House at Russel Street, Kolkata from the construction agency, M/s Asian Housing and Infrastructure Pvt. Limited (AHIPL) at a function held at the conference hall of the Meghalaya House at Russel Street, Kolkata on Monday.
The Meghalaya House at Russel Street, Kolkata has three blocks, Block I which includes a basement plus ground plus 5 structure comprises of a commercial block with a total built up area of 80950 sq.ft, Block II which includes Ground plus 5 structure with a total built up area of 41364 sf.ft comprising of the Guest House and the Office Block which includes the reception area, estate office, dining room, 8 numbers of double bedded ordinary rooms, 19 numbers of double bedded VIP rooms, 1 number of VVIP suite and 2 numbers dormitories.
The Third Block comprises of a Ground plus 5 structure, service block for support staff with a total built up area of 15006 sf ft comprising of 12 numbers of staff quarters, 2 numbers officers quarters, 1 dormitory and drivers rest room.
Speaking on the occasion, GAD minister HDR Lyngdoh said that the completion of the construction of the building and the handing over process, the long aspiration of the people of the State has been fulfilled, adding that it was a proud asset of the State of Meghalaya in Kolkata.
Lyngdoh said that the Meghalaya House can provide additional accommodation to the visitors from Meghalaya travelling to Kolkata and at the same time it can be utilized for various important meetings and other purposes of the State in Kolkata.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma who is presently in Johannesburg, South Africa in his message has expressed extreme happiness at the handing over of Meghalaya House, Russell Street, in Kolkata once again to the Government of Meghalaya.
“I am very happy that this has come true, while keeping in mind that besides officials of the Government of Meghalaya there are also a sizeable population of young people going to Kolkata to pursue their studies, I hope and believe that Meghalaya House at Russell Street will be a facilitation point for our young friends in their pursuit for higher education”, said Dr Sangma.
The programme was also attended GAD principal secretary PW Ingty, Secretary and Chief Engineer (PWD) SB Chyrmang, Directors of the Asian Housing and Infrastructure Pvt. Limited H Garg, S Garg, PK Agarwal, K Agarwal and VS Gupta, Architect S Santra besides State government officials and other dignitaries.