CM orders ACB probe into financial irregularities committed in construction of new Vidhansabha and High Court building

Ranchi: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Thursday ordered a probe by the Anti Corruption Bureau into the financial irregularities committed in the construction of the New Vidhansabha and New High Court building.

The tender for the construction of the New Vidhan Sabha was awarded to Ms. Ramkripal Singh Construction Pvt Ltd for Rs 290 crore, later a second tender was issued for Rs 75 crore for structure and furnishing works and later the cost of the construction increased to Rs 465 crore.

Apart from the JMM, former cabinet minister and Jamshedpur East MLA Saryu Rai had also levelled allegations over gross irregularities being committed in the construction of the Vidhansabha.

On August 7, 2020 the falls ceiling of the library of the New Vidhan Sabha had fallen however since no one was present therefore no major tragedy took place. However, the incident had considerably damaged the furniture.

On December 4, 2019 a major fire had gutted the newly-inaugurated assembly building, just two months after its grand launch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run-up to the 2019 Assembly elections in the month of September 2019. The incident had prompted the Hemant Soren government to raise question marks over the quality of construction.

The sprawling building, which is spread over 39 acres of land in Kute on the outskirts of Dhurwa. Its foundation stone was laid in 2014 by the erstwhile Raghubar Das government and work began in 2016. The dome-shaped building, having a height of 37 metres, partially resembles that of Parliament building, and boasts of manicured gardens, seating arena for 150 lawmakers in the central hall, separate rooms for speaker, chief minister, leader of opposition and legislators, conference hall among others.

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