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KEM hall likely to get facelift, light & sound show proposed | Kanpur News

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KEM hall likely to get facelift, light & sound show proposed | Kanpur News

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KANPUR: The more than 100 year old heritage building, the KEM Hall, may finally get a much needed facelift if the proposal for its renovation is accepted by the civic administration.
Divisional commissioner Raj Shekhar visited the KEM hall on Wednesday and sought suggestions for its renovation.
After the inspection, the smart city CEO suggested a facelift of the building and proposed a heritage light and sound show.
The officials told the DC that the construction of the historic building had commenced in 1910 and completed in 1918. It was constructed in memory of late King Edwards and was hence named King Edward Memorial (KEM) hall. After independence, this building was renamed as Gandhi Bhawan and used for cultural and public functions.
They also informed that a public library named as Parshad Pustakalaya is established in the name of Shyam Lal Gupta, the poet of ‘Jhanda Ooncha Rahe Hamara’ fame, and is being run and maintained by Kanpur Development Authority, while offices of civil defence and information department are also in the building.
The divisional commissioner liked the suggestion and directed officials that a proposal & estimate for facelift of the building be prepared by the Smart City Authority.
KDA and Kanpur Municipal Corporation would jointly handle the project and the report should be submitted to him within 15 days.
Similarly, the expression of Interest (EOI) for the proposal of light and sound show would be invited by KDA which would develop it on the Build, Own, Operate & Transfer (BOOT) model.
The divisional commissioner was disappointed after inspecting the public library and expressed his displeasure on its poor condition. He directed the KDA vice chairman to inspect the library and prepare and submit a plan for its best upkeep in 15 days.

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