Decision to preserve or demolish now only after inspection: DC

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 05, 2015 20:19 IST
The building is not operational anymore and an inspection will be conducted by the Public Works Department (PWD) department. (HT Photo )

As the district administration continued to battle with the massive fire that extensively damaged the records and main building of the deputy commissioner office, an inspection will be conducted to know the exact damage to the British-era building.

As the flames and smoke continued to come out of the main building even on the second day, staff members were seen busy taking out the remains of the records and the furniture.

Meanwhile, the court room outside the chamber of deputy commissioner was extensively damaged as the roof came down.

With the building not in a position to be operational, the district administration will soon look into an alternative site to operate from.

Talking to HT, deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said, “We have saved the records that were on the ground floor whereas the administrative records on the first floor got completely destroyed.”

“The building is not operational anymore and we will get conducted an inspection from the Public Works Department (PWD) department. We will get checked the strength of the building now. The decision to demolish or preserve it will only depend upon the inspection results,” added Bhagat.

The DC said places were being identified from where he and other staff members could operate.

Meanwhile, the incumbency boards that carried names of all the former DC’s, including those in the British era were also destroyed in the incident. This board carried names of deputy commissioners from year 1849. Bhagat said, “We have soft copy of all the names and we will soon get new boards made.”

On a question whether there were any initial reports about the cause of the fire, the DC said, “We are still into the evacuation process of the records. I feel we will wait for the magisterial probe to know exact reasons.”

World Bank team had visited building recently

Impressed with the design of the British-era building, which was build in mid 1850’s, a team of the World Bank had recently visited the main building of the deputy commissioner office.

It was learnt that since the government had decided to preserve the building, the World Bank was thinking on the lines of setting up a museum in this building.

Talking on this, DC Ravi Bhagat said, “Yes, the team had come and there were talks about a museum, but that was yet to be decided. Now as the building has been damaged to a great extent, we can’t say its future till its inspection is done.”

Notably, this building was already declared unsafe by the local municipal corporation.

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