After opposing the proposed expansion of Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Byculla on the grounds that the expansion plan will result in the adjacent playground being used as parking space, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has pitched a design that apparently doesn’t touch the playground. The design was developed by a 22-year-old architecture student from Satara.
Ganesh Keskar, a final-year student of the Institute of Design Environment and Architecture in Nashik said he came up with the idea when he came to know the playground had become a point of contention for locals and the politicians in Mumbai.
“I observed the designs submitted for the the Mumbai City Museum (North Wing) Design Competition on the internet. None of them preserved the adjacent playground. So I came up with a design of my own,” he said.
BMC had earlier decided to add a history wing to the existing heritage building of the museum. The civic body had organised a design competition and invited entries from all over the world. New-York based Steven Holl Architects was declared winner of the contest.
MNS group leader in BMC Sandeep Deshpande, however, opposed the design, alleging that the current plan will usurp the playground used by local children.
“We have submitted a letter to the commissioner to adopt Keskar’s design. We have also presented this design in the party group leaders’ meeting. Everyone has appreciated the design. Let’s see what the commissioner decides,” he said.
The museum extension project is likely to cost about Rs 400 crore, and will be completed in the next three years.