Ninety years after Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak breathed his last inside the Sardar Griha building on L T Marg in South Mumbai,the dilapidated heritage structure will soon get a new lease of life.
The Bombay High Court which had taken serious note of its dilapidated condition had directed the restoration work it began in January be completed within a year. According to the executive engineer of the repair board,90 per cent of the work is over and the remaining will be over next month.
The matter had reached the court following an ownership dispute between tenants due to which the fate of the dilapidated heritage structure was hanging in the balance as the urgently required structural repairs had got delayed for years. Taking into consideration the historical significance of the building,the court had restrained the tenants from obstructing the repair works and directed that all efforts be made to preserve the building.
Following directions,a joint inspection was carried out on December 29 by a team comprising engineers of MHADA and MCGM,the court receivers representative,architect and structural engineer appointed by MHADA along with representatives of the tenants as well as Roopam Fashion Private Limited.
The inspection had revealed that restoration work is needed for passages on both the LT Marg and Lohar Chawl side and roof of the building. Other repairs included replacement of room flooring of tenements wherever required and treatment of leakages wherever necessary.
All these repairs were earmarked in the building plan prepared by MHADA and was submitted to the court receiver and to the parties concerned. Since its a Grade III heritage structure,MHADA had to submit the drawing on the repairs to be carried out to the MCGM heritage department.
The executive engineer has said that 90 per cent of work is over and the remaining will be completed next month, said advocate for MHADA G W Mattos.
The court had observed that for posterity sake the building will have to be preserved taking into consideration that Tilak had breathed his last there.