Rangamandira at Ch'nagar remains incomplete

Rangamandira at Ch'nagar remains incomplete

The long pending demand of the people of the district for a state-of-the-art auditorium seems to be a distant dream, as the Rangamandira (auditorium), the construction on which began six years ago, is yet to see the light of the day.

Chamarajanagar district is home to various folk arts and houses many artistes, who have been recognised by the government. The district administration, in an effort to provide a platform for the artistes to showcase their talents, had launched works for the construction of a Rangamandira years ago, adjoining the administrative building, but remains incomplete due to paucity of funds.

The available funds have been spent on constructing the building and installing 450 seats, but remains incomplete with pending works on acoustics. Meanwhile, the PWD has submitted a fresh proposal for Rs four crore for compound works and a garden in keeping with the facade of the auditorium.

Following the delay in approving the afore mentioned works, the works have been stalled and the white washed building stands as a mute witness for the lackadaisical approach of the elected representatives and officials.

The cultural programmes are being held at the J H Patel auditorium, that is too small to accommodate the connoisseurs of art.

The projet was approved during the year 2009-10, and 1.20 acres of land was identified for the purpose. Though it was initially estimated to spend Rs 3.30 crore, it has escalated to Rs four crore.

Assistant Director (in-charge), Kannada and Culture Department, Annegowda of Kannada and Culture department said that the government was yet to approve the proposal for Rs four crore submitted by the PWD. The works would be started soon after the funds are allotted, he added.

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