Construction of Chandpur Paura Auditorium moves at snail's pace
Cultural activities face setback for the unusual delay in completion of the facility
The future of Chandpur Paura Auditorium hangs in the balance as its construction work is yet to complete although long 15 years have already elapsed.
The uncertain fate of the important infrastructure in the district town is holding back many important activities in the cultural arena here.
Queried, an official of the municipality, the implementing authorities of the project work, said on account of unavailability of fund, the construction work is facing the unusual delay.
Construction work of the facility began in Kodomtola, the heart of the town, in 2007-2008.
Since then, the construction work continued at a snail's pace for want of fund but some essential works still remain incomplete.
It was observed that the collapsible gates, side walls , floors , roof walls and window steels of the building are getting dilapidated and rusty in places.
Walls of the floors and ceilings even have started discolouring and falling apart somewhere for want of maintenance and care.
The building has been lying abandoned and uncared for over years.
Rickshaw-pullers and waste cleaners are using the front side of the Paura Auditorium as a dumping spot. Local vagabonds or urchins are seen urinating just beside the worn-out open windows and walls of the structure.
Immediate past mayor of Chandpur Paurashava Nasir Uddin Ahmed took initiative to complete the work of the auditorium but could not complete it as his tenure was already over; nor was there enough fund available for the purpose. Covid -19 was also attributed to the delay in getting fund and eventual slow progress of the construction work.
Cultural activists have, however, called upon the government to allocate required fund at the soonest to accelerate completion of the work and thus help flourish the cultural activities in the town.