Town Hall to open doors for civic agency functions

The North Municipal Corporation has decided to hold public functions in Town Hall,the erstwhile headquarters of the city’s undivided civic agency.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published:August 9, 2012 2:19 am

The North Municipal Corporation has decided to hold public functions in Town Hall,the erstwhile headquarters of the city’s undivided civic agency,until it is turned into a museum or heritage hotel.

The decision to organise public functions at the historical building in the Chandni Chowk area,built by the British in 1865,was taken at a recent meeting chaired by the North corporation mayor.

After the civic agency headquarters were shifted to the multi-storey Civic Centre a few years ago,several proposals were floated to convert Town Hall into a museum. The latest proposal,pending approval,says the building will be used to house a museum as well as a heritage hotel,while the sprawling lawn will be beautified.

Now that the building is lying abandoned,the civic agency has decided to open it for functions — Teacher’s Day and Gandhi Jayanti in the coming months. “The Teacher’s Day ceremony will be held at the old meeting room of Town Hall,” a circular states.

Several councillors,nostalgic about the building,welcomed the decision. “Many senior councillors miss Town Hall and they are finding it difficult to connect with the swanky Civic Centre. They are happy that occasionally they can go to Town Hall during functions,” Mahendra Nagpal,North corporation’s leader of the House,said.

Councillors said corporation would be saving money by organising functions in Town Hall because normally it had to book auditoriums for public programmes.

“Why should we spend money on auditoriums when we have such a splendid building at our disposal? Meetings and functions will help retain the building’s glory until a decision is taken on its future,” Yogendra Chandolia,chairman of the civic agency’s standing committee,said.

Though the plan to convert Town Hall into a heritage hotel or museum is on the table,the councillors and civic officials are yet to decide on it.

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