Mangaluru: With work stalled, completion of Town Hall renovation not in sight

Deekshith D V
Pics: Meryick D'Silva
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (DV)

Mangaluru, May 20: It is a desolate sight at Town Hall, one of city’s landmark heritage buildings and center for cultural, social, and political activities. Town Hall has been closed for the past eight months in the name of renovation, which has left artistes and art lovers in the lurch. To their dismay and that of scores of others, it seems likely that the Town Hall will not host any event for still some time to come.

Former mayor Mahabala Maarla and the renovation committee had decided to renovate the Town Hall before its golden jubilee on December 26, 2014. Unfortunately, the Nirmithi Kendra which took a contract to complete the civil work for an outlay of Rs 99.5 lac and started the work, later halted the work claiming there were no technical experts to finish the acoustics, green room, and stage.

Speaking to Daijiworld, Rajendra Kalbhavi, engineer, Nirmithi Kendra, said, "Approximately work amounting to Rs 40 lac has been undertaken on Town Hall. We have started work like flooring, green room, and VIP rooms, but it is not fully completed. Despite the civil work there is technical work like stage, electrification, green room and acoustics. As we have no technical experts to see to these aspects, we have halted the work and after the second phase tender, we will join hands with contractors and complete the work."

The existing 1008 chairs have been removed and dumped in the verandah of the Town Hall. The works inside the hall are incomplete while the premises have been dumped with hoardings and banners from the city. The condition of the heritage building is beyond pathetic.

When Daijiworld contacted mayor Jacintha Alfred over the phone, she said, "It cannot be said when the work will be completed. The proposal of Rs 2.5 lac has already been sent to the Urban Development Board for approval. As soon as we get the approval, we will start the tender process. As soon as the tender work is completed, we can give a date by when the work will be completed.

"We will get the nod for the proposal from the UDB and this work will be finished very soon," she assured.


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  • Mms, mangalore

    Thu, May 21 2015

    Oh.. now Town Hall in Mangalore just for name sake!? like Clock Tower earlier we used to say as landmark. Now no clock tower so likely no town hall in near future.. Everybody says Mangalore is next to Bangalore, but in fact our Mangalore is yet to be developed because of narrow roads, poor quality of flyovers, no proper traffic signals, no international cricket stadium, no star hotels, no scope for tourism, no proper Ranga Mandira, no safety in see shore, etc. he sub kab improve ho jaayega bhai?

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  • Dr Deepak DSouza, Mangaluru

    Thu, May 21 2015

    Daijiworld article dated Feb 28th
    MLC Ivan DSouza had said that action will be taken if work is not completed within 3 months.

    7 days left

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  • Akarshad, England

    Thu, May 21 2015

    Were are the Great MLAs of Karnataka Gone?
    and were are our Sickular brothers ?

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  • vinayak prabhu, mangalore

    Wed, May 20 2015

    Our mla just knows to cement some roads without footpath or planning and pose for photos

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Wed, May 20 2015

    Purabhavan has now become Parabhavana

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Wed, May 20 2015

    You all voted out Yogish Bhat and chose some Lobo.
    No enjoy!

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Wed, May 20 2015

    From the two answers given by the Contractor and the Present Mayor can easily infer that
    'there is a large scale fraud and fight involved' in the matter....
    The Contractor at the outset appears to be a 'big fraud'!
    how can he sing a 'different tune' in the middle?? What are the MLA's of Mangalore doing ?

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  • rajesh shetty, vamanjoor

    Wed, May 20 2015


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  • mallya,

    Wed, May 20 2015

    I hope Mr. Janardhan Poojari will hold a press conference on this subject!!!!

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  • KRPrabhu, B'luru

    Wed, May 20 2015

    Its an insult to Late Ullal Srinivas Mallaya ex MP.great visionary, popularly known as father of modern Dakshina Kannada by whose efforts this land mark heritage building came into being 50 years back.He gifted it and we used it for 50 years but unable to up keep it with proper maintenance in required way in time.Strange that we have no experts to do the job.What a shame!We are worth for it!

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  • vellano1, Mumbai

    Wed, May 20 2015

    ati buddhivantara jille!... learn how to ruin beautiful landmarks, those were built with noble intentions!... atleast, if you complete the work or had not taken up the renovation job at all, it could have used for some functions and little revenue to safe keep the same would have been collected! poora girtd paad-d baaki dakaleg updra malpuver! ... but your dhongi followers will want Modi to bring back b lackmoney stashed abroad, within 100 days, not even a minute here and there! nanala 3varsha geppode, yee Karala karnataka sarkarada aditt! vhe vhe vhe

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  • John R Lobo, Kaikamba/Dubai

    Wed, May 20 2015

    Either renovated ( with water leakage in Monsoon ) ...or one day collapse building will be sold to any big time Industrialist who will construct his corporate office in Mangalore

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