The BMC’s plan for a textile museum at Kalachowkie in Mumbai has gained momentum with the tenders for the first phase are ready to be sent to the standing committee for approval. The project has received a fillip with the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) giving its nod to the project. The project will be implemented in two phases and in the first phase BMC would be spending around Rs 6 crore. Sir JJ College of Architecture is the consultant for the project.
In 2009, BMC took over India United Mills 2 and 3 at Kalachowkie and mooted an idea to build a museum as a tribute to the city’s once-thriving mill culture. Though the total area available with the museum is around 66,000 sq.m but the area where the museum will be developed is around 44,000 sq.m.
The MHCC has suggested to retain a part of a wall with heavy vegetation growth to show the state of the mill and appreciate the efforts taken to restore the premises. Also, the Committee wants the project to retain and restore the entrance gate/muster chowki on the east side.
First phase of the project will cover cleaning and beautification of the lake and making an open air landscaped area in the compound. Besides, there are also plans for a light and sound show at the water body.