The state government is taking positive steps towards developing the Mahakali Caves at Andheri, also known as the Kondivita Leni into a potential tourist center.
The Minister of State for Tourism Suresh Shetty on Tuesday declared a Rs 50-lakh fund to provide basic amenities and beautifying the area around the caves.
The plan aims to change the face of the caves located at the far end of a road ending at a bus depot located off Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road.
A secluded and eerie site — previously known as a centre of Buddhism — the national monument is normally used by couples seeking private moments, locales for their morning ablutions, at times used as a playground by the neighbouring slum children and in the nights by drug addicts for their daily drag.
“We are trying to change this image and develop the caves on the lines of Ajanta and Ellora caves,” Shetty said.
“We are giving the fund to the Archaeological Survey of India, the body that takes care of monuments and caves in the country.” he said.
The fund will be used to provide drinking water, toilets, benches and other basic facilities near the caves.