Shimla : A 140 year tudor style heritage building in Shimla has been pulled down by the government so that a modern concrete structure can be built in its place to house the top babu of the state the chief secretary,sources say.
Many are wondering why one of the oldest government houses in the posh Brockhurst area of Shimla has been demolished.
Work is underway on a war footing to build an earmarked official residence of the chief secretary by the end of the year,sources say.
â€œThe house was in perfect condition made of wood and stone like most British era houses, so we were surprised why it was razed to the ground one fine day only to build an ugly concrete building here,â€ said a concerned Shimla old timer.
Others are questioning the need to build a house earmarked for the chief secretary when the state coffers are empty, and the state government is barely able to pay the salaries of government employees.
Said one serving senior IAS officer not wishing to be named,
â€œChief secretaries do not serve for a fixed term, many hold the post for a few months, some for a year or two, so where is the need to have an earmarked house.â€
Others say the state government seems to have got its priorities wrong.When most government colonies are in disrepair due to lack of funds, so is there a need to spend so much money to build the house for the top civil servant of the state.
Heritage lovers are also angry by this move.When the 150 year old US club colony has been declared a heritage area and no such demolitions are allowed there, so why was one of the oldest and largest houses in Brockhurst razed to the ground.How could the government have carried out this step blindly,many are asking.
According to plan by December 31 this year a sprawling new concrete house will be built here. A lot of money of the tax payer is being spent, the government must explain why it is doing so !