The proposed Cosmopolitan Museum was to symbolise the city’s cultural diversity. However, because of a lack of space, it may be driven out of the city.
The state empowered committee has asked the minority development department, who proposed the idea, to look for land outside the city.
“We have asked the department to check with City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) for available land at Navi Mumbai,” said UPS Madan, director, Mumbai Transformation Support Unit Project.
The department had proposed to build the museum in 2008.
The museum was meant to encapsulate the contribution and lifestyle of groups such as the Kolis, Bhandaris, Parsis, Bohras, Marathas Khoja’s and Gujrati traders, whose contribution moulded the city. The initial proposal was to set up the museum in the heart of the city.
However, because it was difficult to find a large plot in Central Mumbai, the site of the museum was changed to India United Mills at Mazagaon, where the civic body plans to build a textile museum.
In 2009, however, the civic body turned down the state’s request to hand over its share of the mill land saying the plot was not enough to set up two museums.
The department has since been scouting for land. It recently made a presentation to the state empowered committee (EC) headed by the chief secretary.
“The EC appreciated the presentation and suggested that the department approach CIDCO for land in Navi Mumbai,” a senior state government official said, on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
CIDCO officials claimed they received the proposal from the state government and are still to decide on further course of action.