Following renovation, the community hall of the Greater Chennai Corporation at Seva Nagar in Velchery, has been re-opened for public use.
The 11,000 sq.ft. ground-plus-first-floor community hall, situated on land constituting 10 grounds, has been undergoing renovation since September 2018. The facility was inaugurated last week.
With a fresh coat of paint and new flooring, the community hall now wears a brand-new look. The kitchen and bathrooms have been completely redone.
Many residents’ welfare associations in Velachery have made many representations to the Corporation and elected representatives to have the the community hall restored. The hall has been serving as a storehouse.
S. Kumararaja, vice-president, Anna Indira Nagar, says “Somewhere in late 1990s, the construction of the hall began and it was inaugurated in 2000. After repeated requests to the Corporation, we got such a facility in Velachery. The hall was well utilised by the public. Residents would hire it for organising marriage and other family functions. Similarly, the Corporation has convened its grievance-redress meetings. Also, various training programmes for government staff were conducted at this hall. However, after 2010 the hall gradually turned out to serve as a storehouse for electronic voting machines, ballot-boxes and freebies. Now, after repeated complaints to the authorities concerned, the hall has been restored.”
Members of Federation of Velachery Residents Welfare Associations say that they have learnt from the Corporation that the hall was renovated at a cost of ₹33 lakh.
The hall can accommodate 500 persons at a time. The parking lot is spread over 11,000 sqft.
The rent per day is ₹20,390 and it is ₹10,300 for half-day.