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Maha asked to examine if Bhabha’s bungalow can be declared heritage building: Govt

This was stated by Minister of State for Culture Shripad Naik in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi |
Updated: July 23, 2014 4:48:27 pm
It may be recalled that 'Mehrangir', the iconic bungalow of Homi J Bhabha, father of India's atomic energy programme, situated at Mumbai was sold at an auction for Rs 372 crore to a bidder whose identity was not disclosed, despite demands to turn it into a museum. The iconic bungalow of Homi J Bhabha situated at Mumbai was sold at an auction for Rs 372 crore to a bidder whose identity was not disclosed, despite demands to turn it into a museum.

The Centre has requested Maharashtra government to examine the feasibility of declaring ‘Mehrangir’, the iconic bungalow of Homi J Bhabha, father of India’s atomic energy programme, as a protected monument or heritage building

This was stated by Minister of State for Culture Shripad Naik in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

He said that the state government has been requested “to examine the feasibility of declaring the property either as a protected monument under the State Archaeology Act or as a heritage building by the Mumbai Heritage Committee, keeping in view the historicity of the building and Art Deco Style of architecture”.

It may be recalled that ‘Mehrangir’, the iconic bungalow of Homi J Bhabha, father of India’s atomic energy programme, situated at Mumbai was sold at an auction for Rs 372 crore to a bidder whose identity was not disclosed, despite demands to turn it into a museum.

The three-storey bungalow, with a built-up area of over 15,000 sq ft on a plot measuring 1,593 sq m, offers a
beautiful view of the sea.

After Bhabha’s death in a plane crash 1966, his brother Jamshed, a patron of art and culture, became the custodian of the estate.

On Jamshed’s death in 2007, the property was transferred to National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), an institution he had nurtured.

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