Heritage sites in 'Queen of Hills' set for facelift
The Town Hall building, which was built in 1908 with stone and timber, will undergo massive restoration and conservation work. The heritage building currently houses the Shimla Municipal Corporation office.
The Town Hall, one of the 91 British-era buildings in this Himachal Pradesh capital, and the Mall Road are to get a facelift, thanks to a Rs.19 crore ($3.3 million) loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Of this, Rs.14 crore will be spent on the Town Hall and Rs.5 crore on beautifying the Mall Road and creating leisure plazas, an official said.
Built in 1908 with stone and timber, the Town Hall currently houses the Shimla Municipal Corporation.
"The entire building will be restored and conserved aesthetically, keeping in mind its original Gothic style architecture, within two years. For this, a loan of Rs.14 crore (Rs.140 million) to the department of tourism has already been approved by the ADB," Arun Sharma, its director, told IANS.
He said the exteriors and interiors of the building, built in the half-timbered Tudor style - all wooden frames and shingled eaves - would undergo massive restoration work.