Massive fire burns Aizawl DC office built in 1891


A British-era colonial structure that houses the Aizawl District Deputy Commissioner’s office caught fire in the wee hours of December 17.

According to an official source, the fire started from the election office in the heritage building at around 3:15 a.m., and by the time the fire and emergency service was notified (around 4:10 a.m.) and reached the scene, the fire had already ignited. most parts of the building.

“The fire completely destroyed the heritage building as well as hundreds of invaluable historical documents,” read an official statement from the Mizoram government.

Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Minister Lalchamliana, who visited the site this morning, said the state would form a judicial inquiry to investigate the incident.

Therefore, Mizoram Assembly President Lalrinliana Sailo, along with heads of DC Office, GAD, PWD, H&FW and ICT departments today carried out an inspection of Old MLA Hostel, Khatla, in order to ‘Develop a plan to set up a makeshift DC office at the hostel. .

The office of Deputy Commissioner, Aizawl, meanwhile issued a public communication saying the office will remain closed to the public until Christmas Day.

INTACH Mizoram chapter manager P Lalnithaga, IAS (retired) said the Mizoram lost one of its most treasured heirlooms in the devastating fire and hundreds of important documents and artifacts to the interior are irreplaceable.

Built by Capt Granville Henry Loch in colonial times in 1891, the building houses the Elections Directorate, Planning Directorate, Arms Directorate, ILP Directorate, Census Branch, Establishment, the office room of Nazir, DC and two other office DC & SDO (Sadar) rooms.

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