Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to rope in residents for Marine Drive colour change

Thursday, 5 December 2013 - 11:41am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Multi-coloured lights on the buildings also suggested.

After passing a resolution to paint buildings along the iconic Marine Drive in a uniform colour, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) wants to go a step further now. The civic body had passed the resolution to this regard in August.         

The civic body has decided to take residents of the buildings along the arterial road into confidence before changing the colour of the ‘venue’ to attract more tourists.     

Apart from painting the buildings in a single colour, the notice of motion moved by chief of BMC’s improvement committee and BJP corporator Ram Barot also suggested that the civic body or residents install multi-coloured lighting systems to glow up the buildings during night. “A meeting in this connection is likely to be held in a week or two,” Barot said. “We are going to meet the residents. We have already spoken to a few of them and more discussions will be held soon,” he added.    

The meeting, former deputy mayor Barot said, will also be attended by civic officials. “We will convey the plan to the residents. Since we are proposing to paint the buildings in one colour, we will check with locals if they agree to pay for the same or will share the expenses with BMC,” he added. 

The corporation may consider the option of giving concession to residents in property tax, if they agree to pay for painting of the buildings, Barot said. “Same goes for lighting systems. We are going to suggest residents to install systems similar to those which are installed at the civic headquarters. Most probably, if the residents agree to pay for the painting, BMC will take care of the lighting,” he added.

On asked, additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani confirmed that a meeting to this regard is expected. “The schedule of the meeting is yet to be fixed. Their suggestion and objections will be considered before finalising the plan,” Adtani said.

Residents welcomed BMC’s move to discuss the plan with them. “We are very much open for discussions with the BMC. But we would like to know the exact nature of the plan,” said Ashok Gupta from Zavel Mahal, one of the buildings along Marine Drive.

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