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Mumbai’s ‘Times Square’: BMC gives nod for open art gallery in Kala Ghoda on weekends

However, the BMC still needs a green signal from the traffic department since no vehicles will be allowed to access the road on the weekends.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
September 27, 2016 2:05:45 am
kala ghoda, mumbai, mumbai kala ghoda, kala ghada on weekends, kala ghoda open, bmc, shiv sena, devendra fadnavis, india news, mumbai news The proposal by the A ward office has marked out the 250-metre long stretch on Kaikashru Dubash Marg at Kala Ghoda as the venue for the weekly event. Express

EVEN though Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray’s idea of setting up an art gallery in the Metro Subway was derailed by the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s initiative of setting up a Mumbai Haat, his suggestion to turn Kala Ghoda into Mumbai’s “Times Square” will now be implemented by the civic body .

Promoting pedestrianisation of streets, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta gave his approval to a proposal on Monday to set up an open art gallery and reserve the space only for pedestrians on Saturdays and Sundays. The proposal by the A ward office has marked out the 250-metre long stretch on Kaikashru Dubash Marg at Kala Ghoda as the venue for the weekly event. Artists will be able to take 15×15-foot boxes on a nominal rent to showcase their art and the initiative is likely to take off October 1 onwards.

However, the BMC still needs a green signal from the traffic department since no vehicles will be allowed to access the road on the weekends.

“We will approach the joint commissioner of traffic police as well as the local police station to check the feasibility of the proposal. When implemented, artists can contact the ward office to seek approvals to set up their art work,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner of the ward. Lauding the civic body’s effort, Thackeray said, “We were trying to have more streets pedestrianised and the Kala Ghoda area is well suited for this. This road would be open to all Mumbaikars and artists, performers and it will bring the streets of Kala Ghoda alive and give a boost to Mumbai’s art and culture,” he said.

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When asked about the kind of artists who would be interested in utilising this space, Thackeray said the aim of the initiative is to give Mumbaikars some streets where they can walk and enjoy the weekends as well as give budding artists a space. “A mix of amateur and proper artists would be preferable. We can even include those who sketch around the Jehangir Art gallery and maybe even people who play the flute,” he said.

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