PANAJI: Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude today said that Kala Academy will be be reopened on November 10 and is all set to host the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
“Chief Minister Pramod Sawant will reopen on November 10 at 10 am morning. The work was going on for the last three years and finally it is now ready,” said Gaude.
He further said that IFFI will also be held at the venue from November 10.
“When the structural audit was completed, the government had decided to revamp the academy as it was required. Now entire Kala Academy premises will be open except for the open air auditorium,” he added.
Gaude said that infrastructure is ready and the Black box will be centre of attraction at this time with exceptional facilities,” he added.
Gaude said that all tenders for works like air conditioning, sound system, CCTV cameras, fire extinguishers and so on, have been floated by the public works department.
“Except the renovation and retrofitting tenders as there are as many as 72 specialised works under renovation and retrofitting, which are not included in the CPWD Works Manual,” he added.
He also said that the maximum estimated cost for the renovation and retrofitting works of Kala Academy was Rs 36 crore, which later mounted due to the increase in the scope of the works.
He also revealed that the extremely thick slab on this auditorium has now been reduced to a thin slab, which would have maximum thickness of 15 cms.
Speaking about the Black Box at the complex, the Minister for Art and Culture said that its original design resembling the traditional Goan Rajangan has been brought back, thus altering the seating areas for audiences.
“We have also repaired the leakages and electrical problems faced by the Black Box,” he maintained.