Gubbi Veeranna Rangamandira to get Rs 50-lakh facelift

Gubbi Veeranna Rangamandira  to get Rs 50-lakh facelift

 The landmark Gubbi Veeranna Rangamandira at Gandhinagar in the City that has been in a neglected state for a long time is finally set to get a makeover at the total cost of Rs 50 lakh. 

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which is currently managing the theatre, will take  steps to renovate the structure.  

Briefing reporters, BBMP Standing Committee Chairman on Ward Level Works A H Basavaraj said permission to undertake developmental activities has been granted by Palike Commissioner M Lakshminarayana. 

The work will start from May 26. Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL) will execute the work.  

The Detailed Project Report (DPR) is prepared and facelift activities include restoration of broken chairs, whitewashing the walls, setting up a new sound system, fixing lights, clearance of clutter among others, he added. 

The theatre had been shut down for a year and BBMP proposed to take up works after inspecting the place, recently. 

The theatre has a total seating capacity of around 400. 

Basavaraj said Gubbi Veeranna's grandson G S Nataraj had appealed to the civic agency to name the road on which the theatre is located after his grandfather.  ‘

“We have approved his request. We will christen the road on the day the building's makeover is completed. The theatre would be rented mainly for drama performances, social and cultural activities. We are yet to fix the rent this time.

The civic agency would have generated Rs 2 lakh per month if the theatre was functional since last one year.” The plans to mortgage the theatre have been scrapped, he added. 

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