After years of neglect and a previous, unsuccessful restoration attempt, the 600-year-old Banganga tank, one of the oldest heritage precincts in Mumbai, is finally set to get a makeover.
Come October, and the state archaeological department will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Gaud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) temple trust next month, which owns the tank, for a Rs 5.5-crore restoration attempt.
The will fund the initial stages of the renovation, at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore.
In keeping with a restoration plan proposed by heritage architect Abha Narain Lambah, consultant on the project, a year ago, the tank will be cleaned, its ancient stone steps and walls restored and a well-defined walkway built for
The project got a much-needed push when Mumbai city guardian minister Jayant Patil visited the heritage precinct last week following complaints from locals about pollution in the tank.
“I have asked the city collector to act on the encroachments soon. The archaeology department will sign the MOU and start work immediately,” Patil said after his visit to the site.
Sanjay Patil, director of the archaeology department, said the MOU would most likely be signed within a fortnight.