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Work to renovate KA for IFFI to begin by June end

NT Staff Reporter

Panaji, May 25: Plans are afoot to temporarily shift the Kala Academy’s
music classes outside the complex for taking up renovation work of the
complex for holding the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.

A senior architect, Mr Uttam Jain is preparing the design and indoor
decor in consultation with international experts in the fields of art
and architecture and is expected to submit the details by June 7. The
renovation work is expected to be completed in 120 days and work will
start by the end of June.

The Kala Academy’s Dinanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir will remain closed
for public functions from June 16. The entire complex is expected to get
a new look.

The theatre activists, especially those involved in Konkani tiatr will
have to face some difficulties in view of the closure of the auditorium
for renovation. The KA also has to re-schedule its routine annual programme.

On the other side the engineering staff and project consultants of
various IFFI-related projects have in their weekly report submitted to
the state administration informed that all the works are progressing as
per the schedule. The meeting has been convened by the Chief Secretary,
Mr Dev Singh Negi. The HOK representative has also attended the meeting.

The meeting took stock of the situation of the works like the corniche
road along the Mandovi river bank and discussed the progress of
multiplex coming up at the old GMC complex at Campal and other works.

Mr Negi said that the plinth level file foundation work at the multiplex
coming up at old GMC complex has been completed. Besides, three piles
from amongst the 18 piles for the parallel Patto bridge were laid
successfully, he said.

He said the estimate for the renovation of the KA’s complex will be
ready by June 7 and work orders will be issued by last week of June. He
said it was decided in the core committee earlier to temporarily shift
the KA’s music classes somewhere in the city in order to allow the
renovation works to go smoothly. Mr Negi said the KA’s renovation works
may not take much time.

The conservation architect of international repute, Mr Dalawaria is
entrusted with the task of planning the renovation of the old GMC’s
heritage building, which will be the headquarters of the IFFI. The IFFI
office is expected to be opened 45 days prior to the festival date. The
work is coordinated and moderated by the lead architect, Mr Jain.