KOZHIKODE: Call it bureaucratic activism or publicity stunt, what matters to the public is that things are getting done. True to his word while taking charge as the temporary Mayor of Kozhikode Municipal Corporation just a week ago, District Collector N. Prashanth has managed to get the Kozhikode Corporation’s cultural centre at Anakkulam ready to be opened to the public, almost.
A major hurdle for the centre to be opened was its lack of power connection and a ‘no objection certificate’ from the fire department. The CPI (M)-led former council had completed the construction of the structure and had formally inaugurated it in May 2015. But its attempts to make it useful failed. The cultural leaders of Kozhikode had made repeated pleas to the Corporation to open the centre for the public.
Former Mayor A.K. Premajam had complained that it was the apathy of the officials at the Corporation that led to the delay despite the council’s repeated attempts.
However, the Collector, who had taken up the centre as part of his 14-point action plan over the two weeks in power as Mayor, took matters seriously.
He had given the officials an ultimatum to get the power connection before Deepavali and succeeded.
The civic body remitted Rs.32,750 to the KSEB sub office on Kozhikode Beach on Monday and the connection was granted at around 3.30 p.m. on the same day.
The cultural centre, a pet project of the council of 2005-2010 led by M. Bhaskaran, was envisaged as an exclusive spot for artistes to conduct various programmes and rehearsals. The centre, which was completed during the tenure of the council of 2010-15 at a cost of Rs.4 crore, consists of two halls to stage plays, rehearsal rooms, space to conduct demonstration classes and interactions and a library, besides a conference hall, VIP rooms and toilet blocks.
Author: Aabha Anoop