The dome of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) headquarters has been refurbished with a slight touch of gold.
City architect Abha Narian Lambha and her team have restored foils of gold and applied them on the dome’s interior which they found during a research on the original building.
The architect has restored the building stone by stone and took Rajasthani artists to intricately carve and replicate broken stone structures. Historians and experts said they were not surprised at the presence of gold in the dome of the heritage building. Gold is present in almost all the colonial buildings, including CST and University of Mumbai.
“Gold gilding was a common process with such hi-profile colonial buildings and the restoration has brought out its beauty,” said Sharada Dwivedi, city historian and heritage expert.
Asked about the purpose of embedding gold in buildings, conservation architect Vikas Dilawari said: “Gold in the building was a sign of opulence.”
Top BMC officials visited the roof on Tuesday for inspection.
Security staff said the engineers and architects should not have revealed this to the media as being a public building, such things are at risk and they will have to keep the terrace locked and deploy additional security.