The new ramp has been added as part of the renovation project of the heritage building. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The Circuit House in Jamshedpur’s upmarket Northern Town area is undergoing a major facelift after five years.
The British-era old building and its annexe that stand on a sprawling acre is where dignitaries including the chief minister and governor put up during visits to the steel city. There are three rooms and a VIP suite in the old Circuit House, while eight rooms make up the annexe built in 2004.
The VIP suite is used mostly by the chief minister, deputy chief minister and cabinet ministers. Senior bureaucrats can only use the suite if it is vacant and there is no prior booking. Otherwise, they use the other three rooms.
The Rs 35 lakh renovation project, which began in October, saw complete refurbishing of the VIP suite, construction of a boundary wall to keep away stray animals, a wheelchair ramp, a concrete approach path to the main building and landscaping of the lawn.
The work being carried out by the district building construction department is now nearing completion, with the landscaping part remaining, which is expected to be ready by the end of December.
Speaking to The Telegraph, executive engineer of the East Singhbhum building construction department Sushil Hansdah said the ramp alone cost Rs 1.5 lakh to build. With steel railings on both sides, the ramp is five feet wide and 27 feet long.
“The wide ramp will help the physically disabled access the Circuit House on wheelchairs to meet VVIPs. That apart, those who find it difficult to take stairs would also benefit,” said Hansdah.
A drain is being constructed around the building to prevent rainwater from accumulating on the grounds. A 2.5m-high boundary wall near the drains has also come up. A pre-cast concrete road has replaced a pothole-riddled path to the main building.
The VIP suite has undergone a complete overhaul. Wooden panels, new tiles and bathroom fittings have all added to the facelift.
“The refurbishing is aimed at making the stay of VVIPs as comfortable as possible. There had been several complaints from visiting dignitaries about outdated bathroom fittings in the suite. We hope the renovation will leave no room for any complaint,” said a source in the district administration.
The landscaping work will see a lush green cover for the area around the building and flowering plants. “We will complete the landscaping by end December,” said a building construction department official.
Since the creation of the state, the frequency of ministers and bureaucrats visiting Jamshedpur has increased manifold. On an average, the Circuit House hosts two to three important guests per day.