The City Police has made an estimate of `47 crore for the construction of the new Commissioner’s office, near the High Court. It will be presented at a meeting to be held with the Director-General of Police and Additional Director General of Police in Thiruvananthapuram this week.
According to sources, they have made a sketch of the building with the assistance of an agency in Kochi and it would cost around `47 crore. Earlier, a five-storey building was planned but it was reduced to a three-storey one of over 5000 sq ft.
“We have received approval for the project and the police headquarters has asked us to submit the estimate of the project. The land ownership will be handed over to the Managing Director, Kerala Police Housing Construction Corporation (KPHCC), soon,” sources said.
The fund for the project would be raised through loans. As per the proposal the ground floor of the building will house the office of City Police Commissioner, offices of Deputy Commissioners, Special Branch and District Crime Records Bureau. The other floors would be rented out for commercial purpose.
The entry for the Commissioner’s office will be from Menaka-Bolgatty Road while the entrance to other two floors earmarked for commercial purpose will be from the backside. “Once the sketch is approved, the only hurdle is procuring loans from financial institutions. The loan would be repaid through the revenue generated from the commercial complex,” a police official said.
The Commissioner’s office was shifted to the Revenue Tower on a temporary basis when the old office was demolished in 2010. Earlier, the Home Department had not given the approval for the proposal for a commercial complex at the Commissioner’s Office.
The City Police will also construct new Community Police Research Centres in Mattanchery, Palluruthy and Kalamassery police stations. “We have received a fund of `25 lakh each the construction which will commence soon,” the official said.