The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has identified 27 heritage structures, including 17 in A ward (South Mumbai), in the city that will undergo restoration in the near future. While a majority of the structures will be restored and maintained by the civic body, the BMC has roped in organisations such as Kala Ghoda Association to take up restoration and maintenance of some structures. The fountain at Horniman Circle, for instance, will be restored and maintained by this organisation, revealed a source in the civic body.
The BMC decided to restore these structures after receiving various complaints from residents, said civic officials. “We have identified 27 such structures. Some of these will be taken care of by various organisations that have come forward, while others will be maintained and restored by consultants appointed by us,” said a senior civic official.
Other associations with expertise in heritage conservation will also be appointed to restore and maintain these structures, said civic officials. The civic body has been roping in experts to restore and maintain various structures since last year. Through these associations, it has already begun the restoration work on Bomanji Hormusji Wadia Clock Tower at Nariman Point. Work on the fountain at Horniman Circle is expected to start by next week, said a civic official.
“The restoration of various other structures will start after we receive permission from the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee,” said the civic official.
The BMC will appoint consultants after issuing tenders for restoring these structures; the organisations, however, will have to maintain them without seeking compensation from the civic body.
“Whenever certain organisations sponsor to restore and maintain heritage structures, they come up with proposals. We then enter into an agreement with them following which that particular organisation becomes responsible for restoring and maintaining those structures,” said a senior civic official.