Following representations from the Madurai chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Travel Club of Madurai and other organisations to stop the demolition of the Vilakkuthoon police station and save the heritage building, District Collector U. Sagayam has said that he will take up the issue with the authorities concerned.

The government, through G.O No. 692 dated January 28, 2011, had approved Rs.80 lakh for construction of a new building for the Vilakuthoon police station and two other stations in Madurai City Police limits, officials said. As the strength of the force in these stations had increased manifold, they had to build new stations on the existing sites.

The police station continues to function from the heritage structure.

According to them, there was no suitable land in the vicinity and as the existing building was threatening to come down, the Police Department sought government approval for the construction of a new structure.

Lack of infrastructural facilities compelled the administration to expedite the project. The actual work of demolition and construction was not expected to begin immediately.

When contacted, the Collector told The Hindu on Thursday that he had spoken to the Principal Secretary, Home, and apprised him of the significance of the heritage building and the need to preserve it. He had faxed a letter to the Home Secretary and a detailed note would follow.

The police station has been functioning from the premises since 1912. Renovation could put the building to better use and also help preserve the heritage structure, Mr. Sagayam said.