The auction for bringing down the building that housed the office of the City Police Commissioner was completed on Tuesday. The building is believed to have been constructed during the colonial days and has developed structural problems of late, especially during monsoon.
Thampichan Joseph of Thevara took the contract for demolishing the old building for Rs.5 lakh. The details of the auction have been forwarded to the State government for ratification, said police sources. It is expected that the demolition work could begin next month. Before that the office, with all its paraphernalia, needs to be shifted to Revenue Tower.
Many private buildings were considered for setting up a temporary office but all the proposals had to dropped due to the high rent rates in the city. Along with the office of the City Police Commissioner, offices of Deputy City Police Commissioner, Assistant Commissioners of Special Branch and Administration wings, and computer cell are presently functioning from the premises.
At least 8,000 sq.ft. of space was required to set up all these offices but only 5,000 sq.ft. has been allotted at the eleventh floor of Revenue Tower. Before the demolition work begins, cubicles and cabins have to be put up at the new space. These works are expected to be completed by next month.
The Kerala Police Housing and Construction Corporation, which will take up the construction of the new building, is expected to complete it in about 18 months. The 12-floor design of the new hi-tech building, proposed by Manoj Abraham, City Police Commissioner, was approved by the State government a couple of months ago.