THE BRIHANMUMBAI Municipal Company (BMC) has deliberate to revamp vacationer facilities and customer services on the landmark vacationer heritage precinct of Gateway of India in South Mumbai to supply an unhindered view of the monument.
Presently, the view is hindered by a rest room block, ticketing cubicles, a safety chowky and different non permanent sheds which have additionally come up across the boundary of the precinct that’s utilized by the safety.
The civic physique will raze these buildings and redesign them right into a single construction with a minimalist look. The only construction will come up beside the footpath and open up the precinct of the nationwide heritage. The undertaking is estimated to value Rs 14 crore. No bushes can be lower in the course of the undertaking, officers mentioned.
A senior civic official mentioned, “Presently, the view of the Gateway of India monument, the fountain and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue within the precinct is blocked by these buildings. They’ve been arrange haphazardly over the previous few years. We need to take away obstructions to the view. All facilities can be developed in a single single constructing on the aspect of the road and the design of this constructing can be minimal with out using brilliant colors, so it doesn’t take away from the view.”
Tenders have been floated for the undertaking, and work will begin inside one month, officers mentioned.
The Gateway of India is listed as a Grade I heritage property and the sub-precinct is a part of the heritage precinct of the Fort. There may be additionally a fountain within the precinct named after George Wittet, the Scottish architect, who designed the monument.
The upgradation was first proposed to the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) in August 2021 and was handed on the similar time. It proposed the demolition of all current vacationer plaza and restructuring them into smaller buildings hidden between giant bushes with out making use of underground buildings like basements as a result of the potential for flooding within the space from the ocean.
The proposal instructed opening up the backyard across the Shivaji statue for public use, streamlining road furnishings corresponding to gentle poles, benches and rubbish bins to resonate with the heritage look. It additionally proposed consideration of superior surveillance and safety.