A hundred years ago| January 17, 1918. Archives

Bombay Improvement Committee.

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The committee appointed by the Bombay Municipal Corporation to consider the advisability of submitting to the Government a representation for transferring to the Municipality the powers and duties in respect of improvement of the city at present vested in the Board of Trustees of the Bombay Improvement Trust, have now forwarded to the Corporation a draft representation to the Government on the subject. After reviewing the circumstances in which a separate improvement trust came into existence and the main reasons advanced by the Government in 1898 for its constitution the Committee point out that the trust was from the first intended to be a temporary institution only and that the abnormal conditions had practically ceased. The representation finally urges that the transfer of the functions of the trust to the municipality should not be delayed and that the work of improvement of Bombay which had always rightfully belonged to the municipality should now be made over to it. In a separate minute Mr. W.O. Sheppard states that though the reasons given by the Government in 1897 for constituting a separate trust had to a great extent ceased to exist he was not in favour of handing it over to the Municipality. Mr. Jamsetji Wadia also differs from the majority report and considers the draft representation as superficial and thinks that the proposal for transfer of the trust’s work to the municipality is premature.

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