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Thane Municipal Corporation floats tender for Kashinath Ghanekar theatre renovation

8-year-old child artiste had approached civic body to speed up renovation work

mumbai Updated: Feb 16, 2018 00:51 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
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The repair work of the mini theatre will start by the end of this month and it will be open for rehearsals by monsoon. (HT)

Two days after an eight-year-old artiste approached the Thane Municipal Corporation to speed up the renovation work of Kashinath Ghanekar theatre in Thane, the civic body has floated a short-term tender.

The short-term tender has a period of seven days for completion.

The repair work of the mini theatre will start by the end of this month and it will be open for rehearsals by monsoon.

Hindustan Times had highlighted the TMC’s apathy in starting the repair work.

The municipal corporation did nothing to start the repair works although it shut the mini theatre in October.

Actor Atharva Vagal wrote several letters to the mayor, commissioner and cultural minister Vinod Tawde seeking justice for child artistes like him who practice in the mini theatre regularly. On Thursday, the tender was finally floated.

Additional commissioner Sunil Chavan said, “After the report on the hall, the civic commissioner has asked us to give a special budget for the work. I gave directives to float a short-term tender for the repair and passed a budget of Rs79.68 lakh for the work.”

Chavan said that they would appoint an agency within seven days and give the work order. “The work should start by the last week of February. We will reopen the theatre for public by June.”

He said the delay was owing to lack of funds. “The department did not have funds for the repair work and we had decided to provide funds in the coming budget. However, after the child’s effort, we decided to sanction a special budget. We ensure that all the repair works are completed and there are no complaints.”

The theatre is ill-maintained and residents had threatened to take up the clean-up work. Chavan said the theatre has a staff of merely four people so they are planning to do annual maintenance contract to maintain sanitation of the theatre.

Vagal is happy with the TMC’s move. “I am happy that my follow-up resulted in a positive outcome. If the TMC sticks to its words, we will get the mini theatre soon. We hope the work is completed in the time frame promised by the commissioner,” he said.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 00:51 IST