THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After its move to draft the Green Building policy, the Public Works Department is now eying heritage buildings. As many as seven heritage buildings in the state and one in Tamil Nadu which belongs to the state would be renovated.
Kerala Palace in Kuttalam in Tamil Nadu, Government Arts College,Thrissur, Town Hall, Thrissur, Assembly hall of Cochin State, which is situated on the compound of Govt Law College, Ernakulam, Court Complex in North Paravoor, Rest House in Fort Kochi, Court Complex in Koyilandy and Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Kozhikode are the buildings selected for the first phase under the Heritage Building Conservation Project.
According to a senior PWD official, the programme is in its initial phase. “Kerala Palace in Kuttalam, Rest House in Fort Kochi and Town Hall in Thrissur would be renovated by the Architectural Department of the state PWD.
The plan would be considered after presenting a detailed report to the government. All other buildings will be renovated by some other concessionaires,” the official said. He said the government was giving priority to the renovation of Town Hall in Thrissur.
The Kerala Palace in Kuttalam belonged to the Maharajas of Travancore when Kuttalam was under their kingdom. It was handed over to PWD in 1957.
As many as 45 guest houses would also be renovated as part of the programme.