Bhubaneswar: Toshali Plaza, that presently houses a number of government offices, would henceforth, be called as Toshali Bhawan. The offices of the Lokpal, State Election Commission, State Information Commission, Women’s Commission, State Human Rights Commission and Mahila Vikash Nigam have been shifted from their earlier rented houses to Toshali Plaza. Hence, the concept of commercial complex is no more there. Lokpal Justice PK Patra had pointed this out to the chief minister Naveen Patnaik and asked for a change of the complex’s nomenclature. Similarly, Chief Information Commissioner DN Padhi had also urged the state government to change the name.
The building was once the prime property of the Odisha State Housing Board (OSHB). Conceived to be a top commercial complex of the state in the early 1990’s, the 3.19 lakh-square-feet (SF) mega multiuse building was planned in a nice way. It was also planned to provide space to tech-giants for running BPOs in at least 1.5 lakh square feet. However, all the high thinking turned out to be a daydream, and finally, the property was handed over to the state government in 2007. The debt-ridden OSHB got rid of the liability, and since then, a number of government offices have been relocated in the complex.