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Making way: The compound wall of the Kalaivanar Arangam complex on Wallajah Road being pulled down on Wednesday. —
Making way: The compound wall of the Kalaivanar Arangam complex on Wallajah Road being pulled down on Wednesday. —

Meera Srinivasan

The prestigious auditorium will be rebuilt on Omandurar Government Estate

CHENNAI: It was once witness to Assembly proceedings, later functioned as a children’s theatre before it was rebuilt as Kalaivanar Arangam about 35 years ago. On Wednesday, demolition of the auditorium began to give way for the new Assembly complex.

The auditorium that has hosted hundreds of government and public functions since January 29, 1974 will be rebuilt on the Omandurar Government Estate.

The compound wall of the premises along Wallajah Road was pulled down to facilitate laying of Metrowater pipelines for the new Assembly complex.

According to sources at Kalaivanar Arangam, the demolition work is expected to be completed in about two months.

The office of the auditorium would temporarily function from the Quaid-e-Milleth Manimandapam and the staff would be temporarily posted across various offices of the Information Department. The State Information Centre on the premises would be shifted to Bharathi Illam at Triplicane until the new auditorium is constructed.

Only the plaque of the auditorium would make it to the new building. A few trees that could be transplanted were taken to other sites while the Ashoka trees on the premises had to be felled, the sources said.

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