Sullia town hall crying for speedy makeover

Sullia town hall crying for speedy makeover

The town hall in Sullia lacks basic facilities. As a result, the number of users for conducting cultural programmes have reduced drastically.

The administration of the KVG Town Hall in Sullia was handed over to the Sullia Town Panchayat 10 years ago. However, the problems continue to haunt the town hall users.

Realising the need for a town hall in Sullia, it was then Sullia Tahsildar Kochanna Rai had constituted Purabhavana Abhivridhi Samithi and had earmarked one acre land for the purpose.  Later, with the fund released by the government and donations raised from the donors the work was initiated.

When the financial crunch hit the completion of the project, Academy of Liberal Education Founder president Kurunji Venkatrama Gowda extended financial assistance to complete the project and was named as KVG Town Hall.

Initially, it was under the hands of taluk administration. Owing to lack of facilities, the number of users reduced drastically. As a result, it was decided to hand over the town hall to Sullia TP for maintenance. 

Though Town Panchayat had spent Rs 20 lakh, the lack of facilities continue to persist the town hall. The town hall has a huge hall, balcony and a spacious parking area. The hall can accomodate 1000 chairs. However, there are only 160 chairs at present. The users have to get the chairs from outside. As the voice ehoes in the hall, the organisers do not wish to hold any cultural programmes. Though a kitchen has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 8 lakh, it lacks proper lighting facilities.

There are no wash basins and separate hall for dining. The gates of the toilets have been rusted and it can not be closed propertly. 

At least 10 fans have become defunct. The green room do not have mirror and fan.
There is no back stage and generator facilities in the town hall. The organisers feel that there is a need to check echoing of the voice and provide with two Halogen lights along with seating arrangement for 600 persons.

The entrance of the town hall should be laid with interlock and garden to attract the people. At present, the rent for using town hall is Rs 6,000 per day. Barring marriage function, the authorities should provide discount for cultural programmes,said artistes.

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