The posh and serene area of Malabar Hill is dotted with residences of industrialists, ministers, the governor, the chief justice and the chief minister.
Now, the chief post master general of Maharashtra and Goa circle too wants a house there. The central public works department has sent a proposal to build a residential bungalow for him on the Malabar Hill post office complex premises.
The post office complex bungalow houses the servants’ quarters and car parking sheds. The proposal, submitted to the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee, wants the sheds and servant quarters to be demolished to make way for the bungalow. Members of the heritage committee said the proposed bungalow is a ground-plus-two structure with a terrace on the second floor spread on 2,000 sq ft.
The post office complex which is near the Kamala Nehru Park is one of the three post office buildings on the heritage list after the General Post Office and the Central Telegraph building. “We are studying the proposal. We have asked them to tell us what the condition of the servant quarters is and also the impact of the proposed structure on the main post office building. Once all these details are submitted, we will take a decision,” said Dinesh Afzulpurkar, chairman of the heritage committee.
“The site is near Kamala Nehru Park giving a beautiful view of the entire area,” said a member of the committee.
The realty rates of the area are between 55,000 and 60,000 per sq ft.