BMC to Take Back Children’s Theatre From NFDC Citing Violations of MoU

BMC to Take Back Children’s Theatre From NFDC Citing Violations of MoU

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced that it plans to take back a children’s theatre that was handed over to the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). This comes roughly five years after the civic body proposed a cultural centre at Bandra West in partnership with the NFDC. 

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The BMC has said that the NFDC violated the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two agencies and has said that the lease should be cancelled while also asking for the theatre to be handed over to another organisation that can start the process of constructing the cultural centre. 

A proposal for the same was kept before the BMC’s improvement committee and is currently pending final approval. The committee reportedly held a brief discussion on the matter and decided to visit the location of the theatre before taking a final call. 

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The civic body has listed out six alleged breaches of the MoU signed with the NFDC. Prominent among these is the failure of the NFDC to begin working on the cultural centre after the renovation of the existing children’s theatre as well as the loss of revenue due to the project not being completed on time. Further, the civic body said that not including a BMC representative in the project’s advisory committee was also a breach of the MoU. 

The BMC has said that the cultural centre was originally expected to have an exhibition hall along with a digital cinema hall, a research-oriented library as well as a book shop. The NFDC hasn’t commented on the recent developments. 

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