The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has finally decided to renovate the Vishnudas Bhave auditorium in Vashi. The civic body has set aside an amount of Rs. 13 crore for the task.
At present, the Vishnudas Bhave auditorium is the only theatre space in whole of Navi Mumbai, Marathi plays, musical evenings and other commercial shows are held here in two different slots every evening.
The auditorium is also used for different awareness programmes by the civic body, city police and other government and private agencies. Over the past couple of years, the structure has faced extensive wear and tear and art lovers and local activists have been long demanding the renovation of the auditorium.
The two- storey building of Vishnudas Bhave auditorium was built for the city art- lovers in 1995. Due to absence of such a theatre space in the area, the residents of Koparkhairane, Ghansoli, Airoli, Sanpada, Nerul, CBD Belapur come to watch the plays staged here.
On weekends a huge number of people travel from Kharghar, Kamothe, Kalamboli etc.