India's first medical college is set to get a new look.
The Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC), the heritage arm of the civic body, on Thursday cleared the proposal for the restoration of Grant Medical College, Byculla.
The leaky roof, the front porch that had collapsed and cracks in the building will be repaired.
Conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah has prepared the proposal.
"The proposal was cleared after a few changes in the design," said Dinesh Afzulpurkar, chairman MHCC.
The college building is one of the oldest in Mumbai built in the Tudor style of architecture. Its foundation was laid in 1838 and construction was completed in 1849, much before the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus buildings.
The two-storey structure that stands on a 2,000-square-metre plot is in a state of disrepair today, with haphazard partitions and fungal growth on the walls.
The building is owned by the Public Works Department and shares space with the state-run JJ Hospital at Byculla.
The building's spiral staircase made of Burma teak wood has been damaged will also be restored.
The project cost is estimated to be Rs 2.5 crore. It will be funded by the state government and will be completed in a year.
The restoration will be done in phases.
The first phase will include repairing and restoring the building while the second phase will involve the re-zoning of the college space.
"The porch on the front façade had collapsed will have to be done up again but before that attention will be paid to water proofing and strengthening the columns of the building," Lambah said.
She said the roof has been damaged badly and the wooden floor, covered with a thick carpet, needs to be restored.
The police outpost housed in one corner of the college building and a toilet block, which was added much later, will have been demolished while carrying out the restoration.
The college's alumni have formed a forum under to raise funds for the restoration. They want a museum in the college building showcasing important landmarks in medicine like century-old documents and papers preserved in the college.
"Old portraits on the walls, marble busts of former deans and a Roll of Honours list put up on the wall were a part of the building but we don't know where they are lying today," said an ex-student of the college requesting anonymity.