imposing edifice which houses the offices of the Principal Accountant General
(Audit), West Bengal and Accountant General (A&E),
RESTORATION AND RENOVATION OF THE BUILDING
The aim for undertaking restoration and renovation was to optimize the utilization of space available in this heritage building housing the office in such a way as not to compromise with the architectural beauty of the structure in any over-zealousness to modernize work culture by rapid mechanization within its inter-mural ambience. The internal atmosphere of a heritage structure dating back to mid 19th century is a balancing and complementary factor of its external symmetry and structural equilibrium. Therefore, any effort to restore, preserve or just maintain the office building must necessarily address the dual questions of functional utility cum modernization and preservation of cultural heritage.
The Restoration/Redevelopment work of the Treasury Buildings was undertaken by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and consultation provided by Partha Das & Associates, a Kolkata based architectural firm.
The restoration process has been divided into components.
· The first component deals with repair / strengthening/ restoration of items which can be taken up immediately without prior permission from statutory bodies.
· The second component deals with the more extensive works which may involve construction of additional storage space and structural strengthening, and therefore, may require prior permission from the local municipality.
· At present, there are two 250 KVA transformers serving the existing requirement. These transformers are inadequate for the present requirement of computerization and general upgradation. They have to be upgraded to serve the buildings.
The existing heritage building has been extensively studies and photographed.
The building materials used in the building have been categorized in the following manner and their conditions noted separately.
The 1st component of the restoration process has been further divided into two stages for convenience of implementation.
The first stage deals with the elements on the roof, façade and periphery of the heritage building, which can be taken up without relocation of the offices inside. Also, it can be started immediately without any permission from the statutory authorities.
The second part deals with the more extensive aspects of restoration which involves temporary shifting of offices and relocation of services such as toilets, taps, water coolers, basins, roof drainage pipes, electrical lines and electrical installations.
Presently the second stage Restoration and Renovation is going on.
General (A & E) ,