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Mumbai civic body ties up with NGO and firm to restore 14 milestones

The first restored milestone is to be inaugurated at Parel on Wednesday morning

mumbai Updated: Aug 09, 2017 01:30 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
While demolishing stalls behind KEM hospital in April, BMC officials discovered the relic with ‘V miles’ inscribed on it.
While demolishing stalls behind KEM hospital in April, BMC officials discovered the relic with ‘V miles’ inscribed on it.

To boost heritage conservation in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and a company are set to restore the British-era milestones in the city.

The first restored milestone is to be inaugurated at Parel on Wednesday morning. While demolishing stalls behind KEM hospital in April, BMC officials discovered the relic with ‘V miles’ inscribed on it.

Though there are 14 other Grade-1 heritage milestones in the city, only seven of them have been discovered, said a BMC official. Conservationists knew the approximate location of the undiscovered milestones, said the official.

The BMC, Khaki Tours and the NGO D&J Foundation would restore all milestones, which had been damaged owing to road works or encroachments, said another official.

Estimated to be more than 200 years old, the milestones were built to measure distance.

The first milestone is near St Thomas Cathedral near Kala Ghoda. Two more milestones are near Sion Fort and at Kataria Marg in Mahim.

Vishwas Mote, assistant commissioner of the F/South ward, has been spearheading the restoration works. “Through active citizen participation, we are looking to restore a part of our history. We are also hoping that this model gets replicated in other restoration works,” he said.

Mote said the next milestone to be restored is opposite Chitra cinema in Dadar. It has ‘VI Miles’ inscribed on it. Another ‘VI’ milestone at Dadasaheb Phalke Road will also be restored.

Bharat Gothoskar from Khaki Tours, which runs heritage walks in the city, said, “The ‘V’ milestone was completely encroached. When it was discovered, only its tip was visible. For bringing it back to its original glory, we extracted the stone without causing damages, created an embankment around it and also cleaned it. We are looking at micro-conservation as the city has several lost relics that need to be re-discovered.”

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