A 120-Year-Old Drinking Water Fountain Has Now Been Restored At Mumbai Zoo

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
A 120-Year-Old Drinking Water Fountain Has Now Been Restored At Mumbai Zoo

Under the Heritage Conservation Cell of the BMC, another fountain in Mumbai has been restored now! In order to preserve the city’s cultural heritage, a 120-year-old drinking water fountain has now been restored. The restoration took place at the Mumbai Zoo. The Seth Samaladas Pyau was built in 1953. This has given people another reason to visit this beautiful zoo in Mumbai. 

Drinking Water Fountain Restored In Mumbai Zoo

The Seth Samaladas Pyau has now been restored at the Mumbai Zoo. The drinking fountain is located at the Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo. 

21 similar fancy fountains will soon be revived in the city of dreams. Throughout the city during the colonial era, ornate drinking fountains were common. Along with the architectural firm Vaastu Vidhaan Projects, the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) Conservation Heritage Cell has embarked on the restoration project. 

Within the Rani Baug compound, four fountains were restored during the first phase. The Seth Samaladas Pyau was revitalised as a fountain and a koi pond, while three fountains were rebuilt as water fountains. 

The Water Kiosk Was 50 Per Cent Broken

As reported by the Indian Express, Rahul Chemburkar, an architect from Vaastu Vidhaan Projects, said that this pyau, or water kiosk, was about 50 per cent broken. He said that they took cues from its original design, which has a lion head on it and redrew the design. 

The inclusion of a koi pond was conceptualised by the firm in order to increase its aesthetic value. The drinking water pyau was originally made of marble but has now been revived using granite, black stone, and grey stone. The main idea behind all this is to celebrate the fountain culture of Mumbai. 

Mumbai’s famous Flower Fountain at the Fort, which had been hidden from the public for a little more than two years due to repair work, was finally inaugurated in January 2023. 

The 155-year-old monument was officially unveiled by mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) was granted the task of renovating Mumbai’s renowned Flora Fountain by the BMC in September 2016.

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