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BMC to restore 3 heritage structures

Getting a makeover: The statues and water fountains of Flora Fountain have already been restored.

Getting a makeover: The statues and water fountains of Flora Fountain have already been restored.   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

To revamp Fitzgerald, Flora fountains, heritage bungalow at Byculla zoo

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will restore various heritage structures, and has tabled the proposals before the civic standing committee for financial approval.

The BMC will reinstall the Fitzgerald fountain at Metro Cinema traffic junction, start work on the second phase of beautification of Flora Fountain, and repair a heritage bungalow at the Veermata Jeejabai Bhonsale Udyan (Byculla zoo).

The 40-foot, cast iron Fitzgerald fountain once stood opposite Metro Cinema. It had to be removed in 1960 as part of road-widening work. A senior civic official said, “The fountain was built in 1867 as a mark of respect for the then Governor of Bombay, William Vesey-Fitzgerald. It was shifted to Bhau Daji Lad Museum at Byculla. We will restore the cast iron design, get new lights on top and reinstall it at the spot where Mahanagarpalika Marg meets Vasudeo Balwant Phadke Marg.” The officials said the traffic police refused permission to restore the fountain at the original spot as it would affect traffic flow.

The work is expected to take about 24 months. The Mumbai Cultural Heritage Committee has granted a no objection certificate (NOC) for the project. The contractors will also be asked to maintain the fountain for three years. M/s Skyway Infraprojects was the only contractor to bid for the project for ₹2.63 crore.

The second phase of the beautification of Flora Fountain will also be taken up soon. “The statues and lions, made of Portland stone, were broken. The statues and water fountains have been restored as part of Phase-1. The second phase involves the beautification of the surrounding space by putting up benches and landscaping. It is expected to be opened to the public in eight months,” a civic officer said. Phase-II of the project is expected to cost about ₹2.93 crore.

The BMC will also repair the heritage bungalow in Byculla zoo that currently serves as the residence of the zoo director. The teak bungalow is over 100 years old and has a roof of Mangalore tiles. The BMC will spend ₹1.11 crore on the work, which is expected to take one year to complete.

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