THE BRIHANMUMBAI Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon restore the heritage Pyau (water fountain) at the Horniman Circle garden in Fort in South Mumbai. According to the plan, it will be restored as per the original structure including repair work of structural elements, restoration of architectural features and services such as plumbing and electrical work. The restoration work has begun and is likely to be completed over the next three months.
The water fountain and the Horniman Circle garden (Bombay Green) are historical landmarks in South Mumbai. Civic officials said it was in a state of disrepair and the whole structure, including the gauzy walls, the architectural elements like the Lion-faced water spout, the cattle water trough and the stone water trough, is totally damaged and needs to be restored.
The water fountain, placed on the 18th century underground well, is located in front of the garden. The wells were not merely used as water resources but also provided relief spaces for traders and commuters, places for public interaction and focal meeting centres to the neighbourhood, say historians.
Civic officials said that the restoration of the Pyau and the water fountain is part of its extended restoration project. It has been sponsored by the Kala Ghoda Association and the Urban Research and design Institute (UDRI) is implementing the restoration work, an official said.
“We are also beautifying the garden while the restoration of a modern art deco iron pipes fountain located at the centre of the Circle garden will start next week,” said a senior official. Maneck Davar, president of the association added that the association has also taken up the restoration work of other heritage structures.