Demonstration for renovation of Sant Eknath auditorium – Times of India

Aurangabad: Members of Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) on Monday staged a demonstration demanding the renovation of Sant Eknath auditorium within a month’s time.

The protest was organised a day after Sumeet Raghvan, a known face in the television industry made the pitiful condition of the auditorium public.

MNVS activists raised slogans and displayed placards and banners against the leaders of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) for not taking their responsibility seriously and tainting the image of the city.

Professionals, artists and city-based groups openly expressed their displeasure for the sorry state of affairs of the auditorium. This is the second time that an artist has raised concern over the sorry state of affairs

MNVS district secretary Sandeep Kulkarni said, “Two noted artists have shown the callousness of the AMC within a period of less than a year now. We had staged similar protests over poor facilities at the auditorium earlier this year. Despite our protests, the civic body leaders have not taken a stern action till now.”

“Minor repairs can be carried out immediately, while major renovation work can only be accomplished after sometime,” he added.

“We are organising these agitations as an ultimatum to the AMC that the Sant Eknath auditorium should don new look before September. If the civic administrations fails to take an action, we will be compelled to take to the streets,” an MNVS activist said.

Besides Sant Eknath auditorium, the city also possesses another civic body run auditorium in the form of Sant Tukaram auditorium, but the former is preferred for many reasons, one because it is locatedat the heart of the city and with relatively lower tariff and deposit.

In what came as a tight slap on the face of civic body officials, Raghavan shed light on the poor condition of the auditorium exactly a year after Prashant Damle (actor) was protesting against the poor condition of the public space.

Talking about the issue deputy mayor and Shiv Sena leader Smita Ghogre said, “Re-tendering for Rs 50 lakh renovation work will be followed soon as no bids have been received during earlier tendering process.”

“We have planned a joint visit of AMC authorities and ruling party leaders to both Sant Eknath auditorium and Sant Tukaram auditorium to take stock of situation afresh,” she added.

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