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Abandoned Kozhikode port building to be renovated

Abandoned Kozhikode port building to be renovated

The hitherto abandoned ‘Port Guesthouse and port office in Kozhikode, owned by the Port Department, which owns the plot and the building, is to renovate by spending Rs 40 lakh. Officials concerned said that a proposal to renovate the building has been sent to the government and it was yet to get a response. The project included converting the building to house the offices of the port conservator and internal vigilance officer and project monitoring officer of the department.

As per a faded plaque on the building, the port office building was inaugurated on April 14, 1968. Now, the office of the port conservator, whose major functions include monitoring of port and coastal land conservation, is temporarily housed nearby at the Signal Station, which was renovated only last year.

Captain Abraham V Kuriakose, Port Officer, Kozhikode, said that they wanted to construct a fence around the property. The biggest problem in the area is lack of light. There was a proposal to erect a billboard on the property – this would mean income from the advertisement and the place will be lit up.

For now, the building is being used by anti-socials and even being used as a bublic uninal.

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