Employees of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) have started an online campaign through a petition titled "Let us save Dr Homi Bhabha's Home" to create awareness and request authorities to preserve the Meherangir bungalow, where the pioneer of the Indian nuclear programme lived till his last days.
The petition was started by Prashant Worlikar, president of Atomic Energy Workers and Staff Union. Till date, the petition has been signed by 1,557 people and is marked to president Pranab Mukherji, prime minister Narendra Modi and industrialist Ratan Tata.
Speaking to dna, Worlikar said, "The petition has been started to create awareness and garner support for the bungalow to be converted into a national museum." The bungalow was auctioned last week and sold for Rs372 crore by the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA).
The employees have also moved Bombay high court seeking a stay on the auction and directions to the state and central governments to convert the bungalow into a museum. On Monday, HC allowed the intervene application filed by Department of Atomic Energy, which is supporting the BARC employees' petition.
The bungalow is spread over an area of 17,550 sqft. The base price was fixed at Rs257 crore and, initially, eight parties had shown interest. However, on the day of the auction, only three turned up. The sale proceeds will be used by the NCPA for modernisation of the theatres, upgrade of the equipment and expansion of its activities, thereby fulfilling the dreams and legacy of Dr Jamshed Bhabha.
The petition will be heard by HC on June 30.