New theatre at Miramar by next IFFI: Parrikar

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 20 November 2013 19:46 IST

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar has assured once again that next year’s IFFI would be inaugurated at a new theatre in Panaji.

The promise was actually made by Parrikar in 2004, when 35th IFFI was hosted in Goa for the first time, with a plan to make Goa a permanent venue.

“Ten years is a long period and we have to fulfill our promise”, he said during the inaugural ceremony of 44th IFFI today evening.

Parrikar had announced a full-fledged convention centre at the 35th IFFI ten years ago.

However, while the proposed project got caught up into controversy, Parrikar was also ousted from power.

His successive governments also kept on promising a permanent theatre for IFFI since then, but could not build it.

 

Since, then the Goa government kept on shifting the venues from 900-seater Kala Academy to Inox courtyard to Campal grounds and got settled at a specially built 2000-seater makeshift hanger since last year.

“The new theatre would come up at Miramar”, announced Parrikar.

Miramar is a famous beach in Panaji city, within one kilometer of IFFI theatres at Campal.

He also assured the gathering to complete the construction before next IFFI in spite of code of conduct of forthcoming Lok Sabha election. 

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