Mumbai: 285-feet high viewing gallery at Malabar Hill awaits inauguration

FPJ BureauUpdated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 06:52 AM IST
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Mumbai: What was once inarguably the best dating place in Mumbai city, Cafe Naaz, had one of the finest food and beverage menus. Situated atop Malabar Hill, this quaint restaurant had the most breath taking view of the Queen’s Necklace. In 2000, the BMC shocked the city by taking over this hilltop haven and allotting it to the hydraulic department.

A control room now exists at this beautiful spot, where the construction of a 285-feet high viewing gallery is now complete. In true BMC style, there is no clarity on the final date of inauguration of the viewing gallery. But for once, the BMC has been bang on in its choice of venue. Tourists would love to revisit this vantage point, to get the best view of the Queen’s Necklace and its shimmering lights at night — providing a maximum view of Maximum City.On the topmost floor of the four-storeyed structure at Malabar Hill, the viewers’ gallery will have a telescope and binoculars. The Shiv Sena had pushed strongly for this gallery and officials say it will be named after late legislator Pramod Navalkar. The viewing gallery can accommodate 50 people at a time.

There will be a glass enclosure for safety. CCTVs will keep a close eye on viewers as they take in the sights. There will also be screens giving information and elevators and ramps for senior citizens and challenged people. The binoculars and telescopes have been procured from the United States of America and their installation is underway. Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, additional municipal commissioner (projects), said the binoculars will have a system enabling visitors to drop a coin and train their sights on the city’s beauty for a fixed time. This will also ensure every visitor can pay and take their turn to look through the device.

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