KAKKANAD: The row between the Planning Department and the Collectorate over allotment of the fifth floor at the new civil station was amicably settled at a District Planning Committee held on Friday. The meeting chaired by District panchayat president Eldhose Kunnappilly was attended by the Collector M G Rajamanickam, planning officer Sali Joseph, NIC officials and other LSGD officials.
The scuffle started when the Collector gave the nod to National Informatics Centre (NIC) to shift its office to fifth floor, the bone of contention, where the Town Planning office functions. Based on it, NIC started the renovation work without alloting a space to the Planning Department. Meanwhile, Collector had also asked the PWD officials to continue the renovation work, but the Planning Department was reluctant to vacate the space, resulting in the district administration dragging the police into the issue. The Collector had also issued an order to close down the office, but later the protest from district panchayat president Eldhose Kunnappilly, forced him to open the floor to the Planning Department. The District panchayat had said that the district administration had no power to intervene in the affairs of Planning Department. After this incident, it was decided to discuss the issue at the DPC.
“The issue has been settled amicably. NIC and the Town planning office will function in the same floor and one bay will be allotted to the Town Planning department, whereas the existing conference hall will be shared by both departments,” said Eldhose Kunnappilly.