Pothashang News Service

Imphal, January 23, 2018: Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh has instructed to complete the construction of Rani Gaidinliu Park ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Imphal in March.

Biren Singh today gave the instruction when he inspected the construction of Rani Gaidinliu park when he made a surprise inspection at the site of the on-going construction works of the civil secretariat buildings at Mantripukhri, Imphal West.

Rani Gaidinliu Park site is located adjacent to the secretariat building.

MLA Lamlai assembly constituency Ksh. Biren Singh, chief secretary R.R Rashmi, additional chief secretary (Home) Dr. J. Suresh Babu and officials of PWD accompanied the chief minister during the inspection.

Manipur government planned to move the secretariat to the new complex which is located next to the Assembly complex and Manipur High court.

Former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh laid the foundation stone for construction of the new building of the civil secretariat as part of the larger Capitol project on October 10, 2010. The construction work on the new building complex of the new secretariat was targeted to be completed within three years. The new building, will house three different blocks –north block, south block and ministerial block.

The estimated cost of the construction of the new secretariat complex was initially Rs 282.60 crore but it was estimated to increase to Rs. 800 crore after the expansion of the structure in 2012.

The construction has been taken up by the Kolkata based M/s Simplex Projects Ltd.

Even with the revised estimate, the amount due to be paid to the work agency could be somewhere around Rs 317 crore as reported in April 2912.

The progress of work has been slowed down in the last for more than two years as the company lacks finance while the government is reluctant to clear bills before completion of stipulated works, said a source. It also said the company asked extra finance for additional works engaged beyond building constructions.

The remunerations of the staff working in the construction company engaged in the project has not be paid for the last for five months, said the source.

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