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Integrated Collectorate complex to be constructed in Tiruchi soon

S. Ganesan

To come up on the existing campus at a cost of Rs.12 crore

— Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam

All set: A view of the Collectorate in Tiruchi.

TIRUCHI: The district is all set to get an integrated Collectorate complex. The complex, with about one lakh square feet of office space, will come up on the existing campus itself.

Additional lands, currently held by other Government agencies, adjoining the present Collector’s office will be taken over for the expansion.

The State Government, in its budget for 2008-09, has allotted Rs.20 crore for three Collectorate complexes at Tiruchi, Ariyalur and Thanjavur.

The Collectorate complex in Tiruchi is likely to cost about Rs.12 crore and the initial allocation could be around Rs.8 crore for the project, informed sources told The Hindu.

The existing Collector’s office (main building) was constructed in 1995 before the concept of master complexes was conceived.

The ground plus one building was recently expanded vertically to build a conference hall after the existing hall in the first floor was taken over for the Tamil Nadu State Wide Area Network (TNSWAN) project.

Though most other districts have got new master complexes over the past decade, Tiruchi was left with the old building, which was mostly occupied by the Revenue Department.

A new building for the Rural Development Department was constructed recently. But most other government departments are functioning from rented buildings in different parts of the city.

Just about a dozen of the 82 different Government departments are currently functioning on the Collectorate campus.

Transport Minister K.N. Nehru, who was instrumental in getting the project cleared, told The Hindu that the new complex would come up in about 25 acres and built within a year from the date of laying the foundation.

A team from the Civil Engineering Department of the National Institute of Technology has been roped in to design the new complex.

The team has already conducted site inspections.

According to available indications, apart from demolishing some of the old buildings on the campus, some portions of adjoining lands held by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board and the State Transport Corporation would be annexed for the new complex.

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