When you walk into any of the city’s four Grade-2 heritage court buildings in south Mumbai, you are greeted by paan-stained walls, plaster peeling off the walls and exposed electrical wiring.
But if the heritage panel gives its nod for their restoration on Thursday, the Bombay high court, chief metropolitan magistrate’s court and small causes court and the metropolitan magistrate’s court will soon get a new look.
On December 23, 2010, the registrar (Inspection-2) of the high court had sent the conservation proposal to the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee. The proposal will be tabled before the committee on Thursday for approval.
The 13th finance commission had recommended restoration of these four century-old structures, such as roof repairs, electrical wiring, and basic repairs.
The four buildings had never been repaired after being built.
“We will be doing only structural repairs for the four structures,” said architect Abha Narain Lambah, who has prepared the conservation reports for the buildings.
While the Centre will fund the project, the state has released the first installment to the high court. As per the proposal submitted, the lift in the small causes court will be demolished, said a member of the heritage committee.
“The current state of these buildings is far from the original. The restoration will give them a new look,” said one of the members.
The restoration will be carried out in phases so that it does not disturb daily functioning of the courts.
The panel will scrutinise a proposal to increase the compound wall of the HC building from 5ft to 8ft, keeping in mind the security threat to the structure.