TMC de­lays Ghanekar au­di­to­rium re­pairs

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THANE: The Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC) is yet to start re­pair work at the Dr Kashinath Ghanekar au­di­to­rium af­ter a false ceil­ing col­lapsed in the main hall a month ago.

On April 25, a ma­jor por­tion of a ceil­ing col­lapsed just af­ter an event ow­ing to the non-main­te­nance of the firefighting sys­tem by the civic au­thor­ity, ac­cord­ing to sources.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, the cor­po­ra­tion promised to start re­pair work in 20 days. A report was sub­mit­ted to the cor­po­ra­tion in the first week of May.

Fol­low­ing the report, the cor­po­ra­tion said that it will start re­pair work by the mid­dle of May but it has still not be­gun.

“We need to pre­pare an es­ti­mate of the work which takes time. We have ver­i­fied the report of the tech­ni­cal con­sul­tant and the es­ti­mate should be ready by next week. The work on this ceil­ing will start from the first week of June. It will be done in 15 to 20 days and we can hope­fully open the au­di­to­rium by mid-June,” said a civic of­fi­cial.

A mini-hall which has a seat­ing ca­pac­ity of merely 250 peo­ple is open at present but the main hall has re­mained closed since the in­ci­dent.

Even though the tech­ni­cal report points at neg­li­gence, the cor­po­ra­tion has not taken ac­tion against any of­fi­cer re­spon­si­ble for the neg­li­gence, ac­cord­ing to sources.

Gauri Prad­han, a res­i­dent of Var­tak Na­gar, said, “My mother who has re­tired en­joys watch­ing plays with her friends over the week­end. The other the­atre is very far from our house, so she goes to the Ghanekar au­di­to­rium on most week­ends.”

“The de­lay has how­ever damp­ened her mood as she said she misses out on most new plays. The cor­po­ra­tion should carry out re­pair work at the ear­li­est,” she added.

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