Revenue: Civic agency ready to rent out Town Hall auditorium

The Town Hall auditorium that has been vacant since municipal councillors bid adieu to the building in September 2011 will soon be available on rent for private conferences and events.

The municipal corporation has decided to rent out the auditorium for a year. Officials said the move will help the corporation raise additional revenue. "It will be first in the line (among other buildings lying vacant) to be rented out to generate revenue," an official said.

It has been decided that the auditorium will be given to corporates or organisation for conferences or meetings for a year. The corporation will soon begin the tender process.

"The auditorium has a history attached to it and has seen some of the most revered politicians. Keeping its historical significance in mind, we have decided to rent it out for conferences and meetings. We will do it by not tinkering with its originality," a senior official of the North corporation said.

The corporation has decided to turn the Town Hall in to a museum cum recreational centre cum tourist destination with a touch of pre-Independence era. "We are working on every element that will go in making it a heritage spot, which will be internationally acclaimed for its originality and uniqueness. We will achieve this without touching the original structure of the Town Hall. Meanwhile, we need to earn from it as the project will take a year to be finalised with details. That is why we are deciding to rent it out for a year," the official said.

Planned in 1857 to serve as an office for the municipality, chamber of commerce, a literary society and a museum, the Town Hall acted as a platform for interaction between Europeans and Indians.

Built between 1860 and 1865, it was modelled on city centres in Victorian England.

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