The BMC will begin the delayed restoration work of the 200-year-old Khotachiwadi near Girgaon in December. According to Hindustan Times, BMC has floated tender for the project on Friday and said that the work will be carried out in phases. The restoration work was slated to begin after monsoon but got stuck due to financial constraints. The restoration work includes restoration of the gaothan’s internal road, which is 750 metres.
Vishwas More, assistant commissioner of D ward told the leading daily, “The project was stuck due to budget constraints and has finally been approved with an estimated cost of Rs 19 lakh. The final approvals from BMC came through on Wednesday. The settlement has about 30 colonial style houses remaining. Through the project, we want to restore the drains, the cobble pathway and make more space to access each home.” The project aims at restoring the area and improving its infrastructure. In the first phase, the entrance to the Khotachiwadi will be decorated with a green canopy and an art installation.