The Hukitola building was built by the British during the Naanka Drought of 1866 to store rice imported from Burma and other places through the sea route. It is in close proximity to port city of Paradeep. This ancient building has rain water harvesting provision from the terraced roof top, draining in to very big sumps underneath the building. The building was named after Hooki Walker, and there was a port at Hukitola in British India connecting main land with the water route. This was used as a warehouse cum port.
The port and the ware house were abandoned in July 1924.
The historical building inside the Hukitola reserved forest in Mahakalpada range is in dilapidated condition. The magnificence of the building and location still draws attention of tourists, researchers and local communities.
Centuries old colonial Hukitola heritage building situated in the Hukitola reserve forest in Kendrapara would get a face lift to attract adventure tourists under ICZM project. Built in the 19th century in the British era, this old colonial building was famous for old laterite masonry structure and its architectural ingenuity. To renovate it, ICZMP has roped in with Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Bhubaneswar centre to preserve the architectural ethos of this heritage building.
The renovation of this iconic built heritage structure would be land mark in attracting the nature lovers. Other visitor’s amenities including the boats would be added to make it a memorable destination for tourists. ICZMP has provisioned funds in this regard and Forest department has plans to promote it as an eco-tourist complex after the restoration development work.
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