Taj Hotel May Be Evicted From Heritage List
There’s good news and bad news in the new heritage list proposed by the BMC and the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee. First, the good news. The list, which currently covers 588 sites across the city, may have 280 additions. Most of the proposed sites are in the suburbs, which are poorly represented in the current list. The possible new entries include Bandra Talao, Mount Mary Convent High School, the fishing villages at Gorai and Madh, the Theosophical Society in Juhu, Tulsi Lake in Borivali, and Ganesh Talao and Dreamland Society in Chembur.
The bad news is that 99 sites could be struck from the roster. The evictees include Bhangwadi, a building in Kalbadevi that was famous in the early twentieth century for being an opium depot as well as the venue for the Gujarati theatre form of the same name. Shockingly, the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (see image), the first five-star hotel to be owned by an Indian in Mumbai, may also be deleted from the list. However the city’s committed lot of heritage activists is unlikely to let the proposal pass without raising objections. The BMC has invited suggestions from the public, based on which it will review the list.bhangwadi, BMC, Heritage, Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel