Mumbai was once known for its drinking water fountain, popularly known as pyaav, which has today become extinct due to negligence, lack of maintenance and also because of the advent of piped water. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is now planning to revive and restore these century old water fountains which once upon a time were the only source of drinking water for mill workers, pedestrians and labourers.
BMC may join hands with Rahul Chemburkar whose Vaastu Vidhan Projects is working on several conservation projects in Mumbai. Chemburkar has already restored the Keshavji Naik fountain in Masjid Bunder and is currently working on three other projects.
It is estimated that Mumbai has about 30 drinking water fountains which are in bad condition needing urgent restoration. Revival of these fountains will not only help to restore city’s heritage but also help in curbing the use of plastic bottles.
Till now two drinking water fountains near Horniman Circle and one each at Masjid Bundar and Dhobi Talao have been restored.