In the process of strengthening the city’s infrastructure, our primary urban development agency is also strengthening its top officials.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority plans to spend a whopping Rs 1.2 crore to build a gymnasium for the exclusive use of 30 of its top officials.
And yes — the funds will come from the agency’s kitty, which in turn is taxpayer money.
“We will build the state-of-the-art gym on the eighth floor of our new officers’ complex, at a cost of Rs 1.2 crore,” MMRDA joint director (PR), Dilip Kawathkar said.
While the details are not out yet, the gym will have exercise equipment and a meditation facility.
MMRDA has spent Rs 15 crore to build the nine-storey building to house 30 of its top officials.
The new 70,000 sq ft building, spread on a 4,218-sq-mtr plot, has 30 flats, including a penthouse for the commissioner. Among its amenities are a yoga room, a two-tier parking system that can hold 36 cars, and the proposed gym.
Inaugurated by Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on January 26, the building’s flats range from 2,050 sq ft to 1,600, 800 and 500 — the commissioner’s plush penthouse measures 2,050 sq ft.
“Housing near our office will mean our officials spend less time commuting and see their efficiency improve,” Kawathkar added. MMRDA has floated tenders for equipment for the gym.
Apart from the residential building, MMRDA will spend another Rs 33 crore to build a nine-storey building to be its headquarters.
Both are coming up on adjacent plots on Block E in the Bandra-Kurla Complex.
“We need a new building since the existing space is not enough for MMRDA’s needs — our projects and mandates have been growing,” Kawathkar said.
MMRDA currently works out of an eight-storey building built in 1983 on a 5,000-sq-mtr plot.
The new office building, to be housed on a 9,171.97-sq-mtr plot, will have a built-up area of 1 lakh sq ft, and has been designed by Bharat Yamsanwar of Team ONE Architects.