Beautification of area around Mumbai’s Flora Fountain may start by 2017-end
The BMC had invited tenders for this phase six times, but each time received bids of up to 50% more than their cost estimate, forcing them to scrap themmumbai Updated: Oct 15, 2017 22:34 IST
The heritage cell of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all set to float tenders for the second phase of the restoration project of the 150-year-old Flora Fountain, which involves beautification of the area around the iconic fountain, presently undergoing renovation, by the end of this month.
The BMC had invited tenders for this phase six times, but each time received bids of up to 50% more than their cost estimate, forcing them to scrap them. The cost of the project was pegged at Rs2.67 crore when the project was conceptualized in 2015. The project cost, however, has now been revised to around Rs3 crore.
The tenders will be issued after the proposal with the revised cost gets a go-ahead from the building proposal department. “The work is expected to start by the end of the year,” said Sanjay Sawant, handling the restoration project.
In the second phase, the BMC plans to remove the decorative garden mount around the fountain, to give citizens access to the fountain. The entire area will be refurbished with smooth basalt slabs, to preserve the heritage look of the fountain. The BMC will replace the metal railings around the fountain with wrought iron railings. They also plan to install heritage lights around the fountain to give it a golden glow.
A civic official from the heritage cell said, “The cost of the project has increased slightly owing to minor alterations in the design, and the additional cost because of goods and services tax. We have not realigned the cost of the project because of poor response from bidders.”
A senior civic official said, “We have scrapped six tenders previously because we don’t want to compromise on the quality and look of the fountain and its surroundings. Our aim is not only to restore the fountain, but to revive its lost glory.”