Tamil Nadu

Assembly meet on January 6

If the Public Works Department’s contractors manage to adhere to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s deadline, then the session of the Tamil Nadu Assembly summoned by Governor Surjit Singh Barnala on January 6 will be its last at Fort St. George.

It will begin with the customary address by the Governor, who will spell out the government’s policies. A short session will follow, in which members will debate a motion of thanks on the Governor’s address.

Since the Assembly has to meet at least once every six months, it is imperative that the session is convened in the first half of January. The last session was prorogued by the Governor on July 21, 2009.

Clear deadline

Mr. Karunanidhi wants to hold the budget session of the Assembly in March 2010 on the new premises in Government Estate, a deadline that the contractors and government agencies are striving hard to keep.

The Chief Minister was again at the construction site on Friday morning.

(He has held about 30 on-site inspections to date since the ground-breaking ceremony)

Mr. Karunanidhi reviewed the progress of works in specific segments of the mammoth structure.

The progress of works at the new complex has been “very impressive” for a government project, admit officials and contractors who work on government projects.

Initial hurdles

Engineers familiar with the project say there was a lot of initial time loss, because of litigation, relocation of a temple, and the government itself shaving a few months off the project.

The machinery found it difficult to keep up with the needs of a project coming up at a rapid pace — the builders needed decisions on each issue such as minor alteration, and government officials, used to files and discussions, were on the learning curve. Decisions took time, but with the Chief Minister visiting the site often enough, the builders got their approvals fairly quickly.

There were a plethora of issues, ranging from altering original plans and working with bare sketches to delays in choosing the tiling for the floors.

Change of guard

The change of the then PWD Minister Durai Murugan was an additional handicap. Mr. Durai Murugan, who, at that point, had unhindered access to the Chief Minister, could give solutions to practical problems faced by the builders at short notice.

With all these handicaps, the builders hope to complete the physical structure by January-end. The rain has been a serious handicap with the winds making work at a height of 70 feet a risky proposition, says an official.

A visit to the site reveals hundreds of people working for multiple agencies making plans and going about their work. It is chaotic, with more than 2000 workers in an area less than a square km, but officials and engineers assure that everyone there has a task, and, more importantly, a deadline for it.

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