The community centres situated in almost every block across Salt Lake have been an integral cultural part of the township.
Apart from serving as a common place for block residents to organise community activities or for the block committees to hold cultural programmes, many community centres are being used for various social functions like wedding reception, rice ceremony or birthday parties at a relatively low price when compared with such centres in the city.
Most of the community centre buildings in Salt Lake had come up during the 1990s. Some prominent community centres that are widely used for organising receptions or large gatherings are located at the FD, GD, HB and EC blocks.
The community centre in GD Block, where Durga Puja is organised, is a prominent place. “Two floors of the centre are rented out for Rs 20,000 a day with air-condition and Rs 14,000 a day without it to hold any social function. The rate for taking the park space is Rs 3 per square feet, which has to be paid to the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation,” said a block committee member.
The FD Block community centre is getting renovated.
“We are giving a facelift to the centre with an elevator, new washroom and an expansion of the inner area. Earlier, the cost of holding social events at the centre was between Rs 12,000 and Rs 15,000. The new rates will be decided once the renovation is complete,” said Soumitra Mukherjee, chairman of the community centre sub-committee in FD Block. HB Block president Shankar Chandra Deb said their community centre, one of the oldest and biggest in the township, is used for multiple purposes.
“Apart from block programmes, the centre houses a library and a gym. The hall is rented for Rs 17,000 a day with AC and Rs 13,000 a day without it. Residents are not charged for funerals,” he said. Most of the community centres across Salt Lake are, however, primarily used for organising community-building activities.
“We charge a nominal price, Rs 8,000, for renting out the community centre hall for social programmes,” said AE Block Part II block committee secretary, Tapas Sengupta.
Source: Times of India