Nazrul Mancha — one of south Kolkata’s oldest and most prominent auditoriums — is set to have a new, refurbished look by June. The 2400-seat auditorium will also have an additional capacity of 200 seats and a new roof. The KMDA will spend an estimated Rs 9 crore on renovation work that started last month.
KMDA officials said that the primary work is to repair the auditorium roof which has been damaged. “The steel frame roof-top will be replaced with a new one. Besides, the auditorium will get another 200 extra seats,” said an official.
Officials further maintained that the acoustic system of the auditorium has been damaged and will be repaired. The air conditioning system will also be upgraded. The existing curtains and carpets will be replaced and a shed will be erected for VVIP convoys within the Nazrul Mancha complex to protect cars from rain.
Nazrul Mancha was set up in 1980 and has been one of the largest air conditioned auditoriums of the city, maintained by KMDA. Earlier, the capacity of the hall was about 3,5 00 which was reduced to the present number of 2,400 seats after some inner structural work. The open air theatre was converted into an AC auditorium in 2013.
KMDA officials said that the auditorium is expected to be reopened within six months from now once the renovation work is completed. “We hope to be able to complete the work by June,” he said.
Earlier, the chief minister had given clearance for taking up the repair work in spite of the financial crunch. Nazrul Mancha has been a preferred venue for government programmes and party functions. KMDA engineers had reported some cracks in the structure for which they had suggested urgent repairs. The cracks were spotted in some parts of the external wall that was damaged by trees, uprooted and fell on the structure during last year’s cyclone Amphan.
Source: Times of India