October 6, 2016 1:56:40 am
A week after the state government set up a public trust for the proposed memorial to late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to move the official mayoral residence to a bungalow behind the zoological garden in Byculla and develop the current seafront mayoral bungalow into the Thackeray memorial.
Sources said the first meeting of the newly appointed trustees took place at the Mayor’s Bungalow in Shivaji Park, Dadar, on Wednesday.
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The trustees were appointed by the government in the last week of September.
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, senior Sena leader and cabinet minister Subhash Desai, Chief Secretary Swadhin Kshatriya, civic chief Ajoy Mehta and others were present for the meeting.
“The public trust has been registered and the BMC has been informed about it. The civic body will receive a communication about it from the state government in the next few days. After that, it will allot the mayor’s bungalow to the trust,” said a senior bureaucrat.
The bureaucrat added that the issue of shifting the mayor bungalow was also discussed.
“The mayor’s bungalow will be shifted to the bungalow in Byculla Zoo,” said the bureaucrat, adding that the concept of the memorial and the functioning of the public trust was also taken up in the meeting.
The bungalow has been vacant for more than a year and repairs have been carried out.
Another meeting would take place soon to finalise the details of the memorial and its functioning, said a member.
The seafront bungalow is likely to be allotted before Thackeray’s fourth death anniversary next month, sources indicated.
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