Mangaluru: September 22, 2015: Renovation of Town Hall expected to be completed by October-end, will come at a cost - literally and figuratively. While the work will leave Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) lighter by Rs 3.5 crore, it will also pare down the seating capacity of the city’s landmark building by 108 seats.
Prior to the renovation, the Town Hall had 1,008 seats, including the ground floor and the balcony. Post-renovation, this will come down to 900 seats, according to MCC officials.
However, the positive spinoff of this reduction in seating capacity is that the renovated Town Hall will have new modern push back seats. Deputy commissioner (development) N Shivashankar Swami, MCC, said the new seating system is comfortable but consumes more space compared to the old chairs. "We will compensate for this by making provision to put 150 additional chairs in the balcony, whenever required," he said.
The seating system in the Town Hall earlier offered minimal leg space posing problems for those on the heavier side. Besides, the seats were narrow and there were times when the chairs have snapped when people tried to squeeze in. "The seats and their positioning in a hall of this nature should not cause pain to the audience occupying the hall. Instead, it should give them a great user experience," he said.
Other changes incorporated into the design of the Town Hall will eliminate the use of mic stands. Srinivas, a representative of the company that has bagged the contract for acoustic work, sound systems, false ceilings and wall panelling works, said that when the hall is ready, there will be no need to use huge mic stands on stage. He added that the stage will offer a grand visibilit.