Mumbai: The Mayor of Mumbai is moving back, to a location near Shivaji Park soon. A new home, which will become the official residence of the First Citizen, is going to be built by tearing down the Dadar Gymkhana. A proposal to this effect was passed at the House meeting of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday.
The gymkhana, in turn, will be relocated to a vacant plot in Mahalaxmi, for which a Rs 100 crore provision has been made in the proposal. Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar had temporarily shifted to a bungalow in the heart of the Byculla Zoo in January.
Congress corporator and leader of the opposition Ravi Raja said the Mayor of Mumbai was an elected representative and the holder of such a prestigious position, should have a residence in the heart of the city. “The position of the Mayor of Mumbai is a prestigious one. If the Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai can live on Pedder Road, why must the Mayor of Mumbai, who is an elected representative, stay in the zoo premises?” questioned Raja.
However, the Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) has opposed the demolition of Dadar Gymkhana. “We have been repeatedly saying that Dadar Gymkhana is for locals. It is morally incorrect to demolish a recreational space for raising the residence of the Mayor. There are many other places in Mumbai, where the Mayor’s residence could be constructed,” said Sandeep Deshpande, an MNS leader. The MNS will challenge this in a court of law, added Deshpande.