Collectorate buildings to start coming down in 15 days
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The process of pulling down buildings at the district collectorate here to make way for a seven-storey compact structure will begin within a fortnight. The interior plans are being readied and Public Works Department (PWD) officials are at work to start the process of tearing down the structures.
According to district administration officials, necessary permissions have been sought and the work should commence soon.
The work set to start earlier had been delayed as permission had not been sought from the civic body for clearing trees on the premises.
The district administration said that barring the collector's main office, all buildings will be pulled down phase-wise. The revamp would take two years.
"As of now the entire process is ready to roll. There should be no problem in initiating the work in 15 days time,'' said the officials.
The new structure will adopt green building norms and will have features to save power. Private bidders will be invited for the two lakh square feet of construction.
The new building plan envisages a seven-storey building - two storeys will be dedicated to parking - for which Rs 75 crore has been sought from the state government. The government has allocated Rs 1.2 crore for the demolition process. For every 100 sq metre of carpet area, 80-90 sq metre additional space for parking has to be allotted as per new government rules. This means the new building will have a dedicated 1.60 lakh sq metre parking area.
The building will be shaped almost like the Sansad Bhavan and the design is aimed at optimum use of natural light to save electricity. The ground floor will house offices directly catering to the public and the top floor will be the collector's office. A large hall and a smaller one for meetings and conferences besides waiting rooms on every floor are part of the plan. Every floor will have features to aid the physically challenged. The officials said that the existing British-era heritage structures will be restored and preserved.
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