No mar­ble dome for Ambed­kar me­mo­rial

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

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.”

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