Himachal tears down British era building

August 5th, 2011 - 2:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Aug 5 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh has pulled down an old building done in typical British Tudor style to make way for a palatial bungalow for a top government employee, an official said Friday.

The state Public Works Department (PWD) last month razed to ground the half-timbered decades old government building in the posh Brockhurst locality of the capital here. It was once a residence of ministers and government functionaries.

The new multi-storeyed building would be the official residence of Rajwant Sandhu, the chief secretary of the state, an official said.

“Ten houses can be built from the amount of the wood removed from the dismantled structure. Moreover, the wood is well preserved and is of top quality,” a PWD official said.

The last occupant of the building was Viplove Thakur as a state Congress committee chief till 2007.

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