“New Raj Bhavan building construction will not affect old structure”


Panaji: Ahead of President of India Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to the coastal state to lay foundation stone for new Raj Bhavan building, Goa Governor’s office has clarified that the existing 400 year old building housing the seat of the Governor will remain intact and without any modification.

Several sections had raised apprehensions over the construction of new Raj Bhavan building claiming that the existing Raj Bhavan may be modified during the entire process.

Kovind will be in Goa on Sunday (May 30) to lay foundation stone for the new building.

“Office of the Governor has clarified on the objection raised by some sections of people on construction of new Raj Bhavan stating that the existing Raj Bhavan Palace Structure is more than 400 years old and has undergone a great deal of wear and tear resulting in crores of rupees being spent every year for the maintenance by the Public Works Department,” reads the media statement issued on Wednesday.

The Governor’s Office has clarified that over the years the needs and requirements of Raj Bhavan have undergone great deal of change, requiring more space with modern facilities and amenities.

“Hence, it is proposed to construct a Raj Bhavan Annexe in the land available within the campus. It is also informed that the present building of Raj Bhavan and the Governor’s Secretariat Building will remain intact and will not be disturbed or modified in any manner,” the media statement adds.


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