Pune: National Award winning Marathi actress Mukta Barve, on Thursday, tweeted about the pathetic state of the washrooms at the Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha in Kothrud. It immediately went viral on social media.
When contacted, Akhil Bharatiya Natya Parishad, Kothrud, President Sunil Mahajan said not only Mukta Barve, but many other celebrities including Sumit Raghavan have also complained about cleanliness issues at the auditoriums in the city in the recent past.
The unhygienic conditions at the PMC-run auditorium have outraged many artistes and citizens.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has admitted that there is a lack of housekeeping staff at the auditorium, as a tender for the same is still being processed. Barve was present at the auditorium for the show of her play ‘Code Mantra’. Shortly after the show, she posted the pictures of the dirty washrooms in the auditorium with a message stating that the condition of the washrooms at the auditoriums is a very shameful and outrageous thing. She stated that just because Pune has theatre lovers and artistes, who regularly visit these auditoriums, they shouldn’t be taken for
granted. Speaking about the issue, PMC-owned auditoriums in charge Prakash Amrale said, “While the tender for housekeeping at the Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium was in the process of getting sanctioned, we appointed an agency to do the work. The agency’s contract ended in March 2017. We extended it for two more months. However, civic workers from the local ward office do the job twice a day since June.”
Mayor Mukta Tilak said she has taken this issue seriously and directed the civic administration to take immediate action against those responsible for this.
“The work of keeping the Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha clean has been outsourced, but that doesn’t mean that the officials can wash their hands off their responsibility. I have spoken with Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar and brought this issue to his notice,” Tilak said.