After the chaos and disarray of its first day,Nabanna the new secretariat building where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has started operating from since October 5 seemed to have stabilised a bit on Tuesday.
The first day at the new office saw non-functioning elevators,which compelled employees to wait in queues about an hour. Coupled with it was the knee-deep water outside the building,caused by heavy downpour.
On Tuesday,the scene has changed for the better as all the five elevators were operational. Out of five elevators,two are meant for VIPs. But today,the chief minister ordered that all five be open for employees. Only one lift that will be used by the chief minister will be closed for the general public just 15 minutes before and after the CM uses it. So,there was no problem, said Kanakendu Sinha,executive engineer of PWD city division.
Ashok Majumdar,Deputy Secretary (Information and Culture),added: Yesterday,there were some problems with the elevators but it has been sorted out today.
All the elevators are being used by employees. There were hardly any queues in front of elevators. Moreover,with no rains today,there was no waterlogging here.
According to PWD officials,as the building was originally constructed as a garments park,the elevators were meant to carry garments and are thus,slow. We will install some technology that will make the elevators faster. But it will take some time. However,at present,things are going on reasonably well, a PWD official said.
One problem that still persisted is lack of adequate drinking water in the building. The water tastes saline and at some floors,even that is not available. We are bringing water from home, said a employee.
Many employees are also finding it difficult to reach office in time and the authorities have,therefore,made the reporting time flexible. We had to do it as it is a problem for many employees to reach in time, a senior official said.
Meanwhile,work at the new office,where nine departments Home,Finance,Home (Personnel),Minorities and Madrasa Education,Fire and Disaster Manmagement,PWD,Land and Land Reforms,Agriculture and Information and Culture have shifted,is yet to fully begin with unpacking yet to be done. Work will start in full swing after the Durga Pujas, an official said.