Damaged by fire, govt to preserve British era building

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 25, 2015 18:59 IST
Firemen struggling to douse fire at the deputy commissioner office in Amritsar. (HT File Photo)

The Punjab government has decided to preserve the British era building of the deputy commissioner’s office here, which was gutted in a fire that broke out in the complex on November 4.

The building, which was totally damaged in the fire, destroying many records as well, has almost nothing left in it and is unfit for the operations of an office.

As there were speculations that the government may decide to demolish the structure, the department of tourism and cultural affairs has decided to conserve the building.

Talking to HT, deputy commissioner said, “The fire damaged the building to a great extent and even the roofs fell down. A survey was done that showed that the building was not fit to run any office anymore. But we are not demolishing it as the department of tourism and cultural affairs has decided to preserve it.”

A team will soon visit the site and begin working on the project. The staff of the office is operating from various locations in the city, Bhagat said.

Construction of new complex to speed up: DC

As the DC was operating from the zila parishad office ever since the fire broke out in the old complex, he said the upcoming district administrative complex (DAC) will be ready for operation within six months.

Notably, the DAC project is already facing delay and was planned long ago by the government but has not been completed till now.

Bhagat said, “We have told the department responsible for construction to get the work completed soon or at least hand over the block of civil administration soon so that administrative work doesn’t get affected anymore.”

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