Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami, Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and MLAs during a visit to the new Assembly building on Friday.

Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 12: The last sitting of the current Legislative Assembly will be held at the under-construction building tomorrow.

Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami today invited all the members of the present Assembly to the new building at 9.30 am tomorrow to take part in the proceedings.

Earlier, MLAs from both ruling and Opposition parties, including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary and Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami toured the building today.

Inviting all the MLAs to the new building, the Speaker also pointed out that initially there might be some hiccups in conducting the session in the under-construction building.

The new building complex is located on a plot of land adjacent to the existing Assembly complex and its construction is yet to be completed. The next State Budget will allocate additional funds to complete the pending works. According to the Speaker, the construction got delayed mainly due to the ongoing pandemic.

The Rs 235-crore complex, which is coming up on a 10-acre plot, will have total floor area of 3,61,000 sq ft and will be approachable from GS Road.

The new Assembly complex comprises four buildings – the two-storied Assam Legislative Assembly Building, a fifteen storied Annexe I Building, a three-storied Annexe II Building and a one-storied Sub-Station Building which will accommodate transformers, diesel generator, AC plant, etc.

The building will be centrally air-conditioned and have seven lifts and an escalator. The building will be surrounded by a water body and state-of-the-art lighting facility. It will also have a glass elevator.

The Annexe I building, with a height of 78 metres, is said to be the tallest building in the Northeast. Besides chambers for different committees of the Assembly, this building will house a cafeteria, chambers of ministers, press lounge, etc. It will be equipped with fire refusal floor with fireproof door for rescue, CCTV and modern fire detection and fire fighting arrangements. The Annexe II building will be the secretariat building of the Assam Legislative Assembly. The complex will also have a ceremonial ground, service blocks, security office, main entry gate from GS Road, VVIP entry, service roads, driveway and pavement, drainage system for external water, sewerage, storm water, landscaping, illumination with automatic energy saving devices, sewage treatment plant, bio toilets, etc.