KA’s open air auditorium needs to be demolished: Govind
Stating that the open air auditorium of Kala Academy complex needs to be demolished for reconstruction purpose, the Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude on Thursday said that the premier art and culture centre of Goa would require major repairs due to its present weak structural condition.
“Kala Academy is nearly 46-year-old structure,” he added. Meanwhile, the city-based Charles Correa Foundation has taken strong objection to the demolition of this complex, whose construction was entirely based on the plans prepared by the internationally renowned Goan architect, Charles Correa.
Reacting to the ongoing speculations on the social media as regards the fate of Kala Academy complex, Gaude told ‘The Navhind Times’ that the structural stability of the open air auditorium in this complex is found to be very weak, and therefore “it has to be demolished anyway” for replacing it with a similar new auditorium.
“In fact, the condition of the open air auditorium is such that since past one year, I had to even stop its bookings, to rent it out for programmes,” he admitted, pointing out that the rest of the complex is also facing various problems like seepage of water and water leakage during monsoons.
“We had sought reports about the structural condition of Kala Academy complex from experts at the Goa Engineering College and other such institutions,” Gaude informed, adding that the reports are in his possession, and once he goes through them page by page, he would consult the Chief Minister for future action.