TMC delays Ghanekar auditorium repairs
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.