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Gallery at Malabar Hill to give panoramic view of Marine Drive

Officials said that minor work is pending, but the gallery can be opened to visitors.

mumbai Updated: Aug 16, 2018 00:45 IST
Sagar Pillai
Sagar Pillai
Hindustan Times
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The 5,000sqft gallery will be able to accomodate over 250 people(HT Photo)

Soon, those visiting Hanging Gardens at Malabar Hill will get a panoramic view of Marine Drive as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has almost finished work on the city’s first multilevel viewing gallery.

Officials said that minor work is pending, but the gallery can be opened to visitors.

The 5,000sqft gallery, a three-storeyed structure, built by BMC’s hydraulics department will be open to public next month and accommodate over 250 people.

However, people will only be allowed to go up to the second floor as the third floor is reserved for maintenance. The estimated cost of the project is ₹11 crore.

Sanjay Mukherjee, additional municipal commissioner (projects), said, “Every city has vantage points from where the best view of the city is visible. This viewing gallery and the Kamala Nehru Park upgradation project do just that, by giving an unparalleled view of Chowpatty Beach, Arabian Sea, Netaji Subhash Road and Marine Drive.”

He said that the date of inauguration will be decided by the Mayor according to protocol.

“The plot will also have a state-of-the-art Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) centre for management of water supply of Mumbai, in addition to the one at Bhandup Complex,” Mukherjee said.

The BMC claims the gallery will be the first-of-its-kind in Mumbai and have a cafeteria for visitors.

“The gallery is designed as a ship keeping in mind the backdrop of the Arabian Sea and the Maritime background of the city,” Mukherjee said.

The construction of the gallery was expected to be completed by June this year. However, officials cited that the work took longer due to legal hurdles on the plot.

An iconic eatery, Cafe Naaz, which used to be at this spot ran into legal trouble with the BMC over its expired lease. Following years of litigation, the BMC took back the plot for their water supply works.

The hydraulics department has two plots on Malabar Hill. The department is now planning to construct a water control room, which used to be there on the same plot earlier.

First Published: Aug 16, 2018 00:45 IST