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Pradeep Pattanayak

The proposed multi-storeyed apartments to accommodate the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in Odisha at Bhubaneswar will be ready in the coming two and a half years time, Speaker Surya Narayan Patro said on Monday. 

Patro convened a review meeting today to hold discussions with the concerned officials about the construction. After taking stock of the progress of the project, he told journalists that March 30 is the last date for filing tender and India’s top most construction companies are participating in the bidding for the project. 

“It will take 10 to 15 days to finalise the tender and then the work order will be awarded. Subsequently, the present MLA quarters will be demolished to give way to multi-storeyed apartments,” he added. 

“In the MLA colony, seven legislators are yet to vacate their quarters. They have been asked to vacate their quarters by March 25. Thereafter, the process of pulling down the old houses and construction of new buildings will take off,” said Patro. 

Sources said, while a budget amounting to Rs 275 crore has been earmarked for the project, Rs 50 crore has already been provided to the Chief Engineer of the Odisha Bridge and Construction Corporation (OBCC). The Finance department of the Odisha government will provide the remaining Rs 225 crore. 

The apartments will be 10-storeyed and 11-storeyed ones, housing a total of 300 quarters.  Of those, while 130 quarters will be for legislators, there will also be 25 Type-V and 105 Type-VII quarters. This apart, some quarters will also be meant for IAS officers.  

The buildings will also have market complexes, medical facility and a banquet hall to accommodate 2000 people at a time. The buildings will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
 

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