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Several old buildings in Sangrur housing govt offices in need of immediate repairs

Though many old buildings are still housing offices of the district administration, yet, due to lack of repairs and proper maintenance, most of these buildings are in a poor condition and can be categorised as unsafe.

punjab Updated: Sep 08, 2014 21:42 IST
Neeraj Mohan

Though many old buildings are still housing offices of the district administration, yet, due to lack of repairs and proper maintenance, most of these buildings are in a poor condition and can be categorised as unsafe.


The buildings, where offices of elementary education department, deputy director of veterinary, school education board and Maharaj Ranbir college are situated, require immediate repairs as most of these buildings are more than 100-year old.

The building housing the office of the veterinary deputy director is in a very poor condition. Going by the foundation stone, the building was constructed in 1910 and is in need of urgent repairs if it has to be kept in use.

When contacted, Manohar Lal, veterinary deputy director, said, "The building of our office is in a very bad shape, but we have already written a letter to higher authorities for immediate repairs, and we are waiting for their reply."

"The building is very old but it can still last for several years if needful repairs are carried out," he added. Similarly, the condition of the building housing the office of the district elementary education is also bad. Walls are dilapidated and plaster on them is falling apart.

Ironically, the officials sitting in these buildings are not ready to speak even a single word over the poor condition of their offices.

"Es tarahan hi challi jana ji bas, safedi karwa dete hain har saal" (it will go on like this, The walls are whitewashed every year," said Sher Singh Balewal, district education officer (primary education).

When the issue of outdated buildings was raised with the officials of the PWD (B&R), they said that the department required funds to renovate and repair these buildings.

Satish Goel, executive engineer PWD (B&R) said, "We can start repair work only when we will have enough funds, but, as of now, I am not aware about the poor condition of these buildings." On the life of these buildings, he said, "I cannot say anything on this."

However, several offices of the district administration are being run from outdated structures, which need repairs so that they continue to be used without any fear of collapse.

Most of the old structures are falling apart due to the negligence on the part of the government. Their life can be prolonged if needed repairs are carried out. For example, the building of Maharaja Ranbir club, constructed in 1901, is now in a very good condition after necessary repairs.