No marble dome for Ambedkar memorial
The under-construction Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial at Airoli will be completed soon.
Following a report by IIT Bombay on marble cladding for Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial at Airoli, municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe has cancelled the proposal passed by the general body.
The dome will now be painted white. The move will save Rs20 crore of the civic body.
Work on the project, that has been going on for years, is in its final stage.
The NMMC’s general body had earlier passed a resolution for a marble dome at a cost of Rs19.32 crore. Experts had questioned whether the marble dome was suitable in the context of the structure being located in an area like Navi Mumbai which has a large creek area. They had suggested that the civic body first take an expert opinion.
The experts opined that since Mumbai and Navi Mumbai have humid conditions, marble structures are feasible.
Additional municipal commissioner Ankush Chavan said, “Taking into account the views of the experts, municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe instructed that we get a technical report on the issue from IIT Bombay.”
He informed, “The IIT report stated that marble cladding on the exterior of the structure will not be right. It stated that since the structure is near the creek and also along the busy road, there will be a change in the marble’s colour due to pollution.”
He added, “The report also stated that since the structure’s construction includes globular, hood and triangular shapes, the marble joints will increase and decrease in size due to the changing heat conditions. This could lead to rain water leakages.”
Chavan said, “Following the IIT report, the commissioner felt that it would not be proper to spend Rs20 crore on the proposal and scrapped the plan.”