Dhanbad Press Club wears a dilapidated look on Monday.
Picture by Gautam Dey
Mediapersons, you can soon relax at Dhanbad Press Club, which has suddenly received a windfall from Dhanbad and Tundi MLAs.
Dhanbad MLA and state animal husbandry and fisheries minister Mannan Mallick has assured the club of funds for the revamp of the once-bustling building.
“I will give at least Rs 5 lakh from my local area development funds. Once the building construction department prepares a cost estimate, additional funds will be granted,” Mallick said.
A team of building construction department on Sunday inspected the single-storey structure — comprising three large halls, a verandah and a toilet — on Luby Circular Road to kick-start the process.
According to plans, a new roof will be constructed in place of the existing one. Walls and ceilings will receive also get a fresh coat of plaster and paint. Jammed windows and door latches will be replaced too.
Tundi MLA Mathura Mahto also promised to provide chairs and a carom board for recreation of journalists.
“The carom set and chairs will reach the club within a day or two,” Mahto said on Monday.
Asked the reason why he is being generous, the Tundi MLA replied: “Media is one of the powerful pillars of democracy. Newspersons are entitled to recreation and deserve a place to unwind themselves after a hard day’s work.”
President of Dhanbad Press Club Sanjeev Jha expressed happiness over the twin developments.
“We welcome the initiative taken by our honourable minister Mannan Mallick to renovate Press Club. We are also thankful to Tundi MLA Mathura Mahto for thinking of our leisure,” Jha said.
The district administration constructed the building, also known as Kasturba Bhavan, as an annexe of Gandhi Seva Sadan, in the early 1970s to provide self-employment training for poor youths.
But the practice was discontinued due to various reasons, including lack of funds.
After lying defunct for years, Kasturba Bhavan was handed over to Dhanbad Press Club in 2006 during the tenure of the then DC Beela Rajesh. Rajesh was also the ex-officio chairman of the governing body of Gandhi Seva Sadan.