77-yr-old Mahim bungalow to make way for high-rise

An old, yellowing ground-plus-one-storey bungalow that has been looking on to Mahim’s Cadell Road for the last 77 years — a fading beacon of the days bygone -- is set to be razed to make way for a high rise.

Soon to be history: Javed Manzil at Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Javed Manzil has, since 1936, seen time ravage its contemporary structures but managed to hold ground until now. Landlord Suhail Khandwani and the seven tenants of the bungalow, a cessed MHADA property, have decided to raise it again from the ground up, this time to 14-storeys high. They have got the required permissions for the revamp.

The real estate, roughly 600 square metres in area, would be redeveloped by Khandwani under the Development Control Rule 33 (7). The FSI for the building would be 2.5.

“The bungalow with period architecture is partly made out of wood. Our family has been staying in Mahim for the past 150 years, and everyone including tenants and owners wants to stay here after its redevelopment. We are attached to the property,” said Khandwani.The residents of the bungalow have the Mumbai Mayor as one of their neighbours, whose bungalow stands some distance away.

According to Khandwani, the bungalow, located opposite Radhibai hospital, would be developed into a 14-storey building, which would offer a sea view from the fourth floor. Existing tenants would occupy most of the floors.

“We didn’t want to tear it down, but it’s old now and space constraints are forcing our hand. The bungalow has stood for a long time and it breaks my heart to see it demolished, but it has got to be done,” said Khandwani.

Khandwani claims it is one of the last standing yesteryear bungalows on Cadell Road that is close to the sea. Although not a heritage property, it is a signpost in the area.

Conservationist speaks
Conservation architects say an old dilapidated building could be pulled down after it has lived its life, but advocate conservation clubbed with incentives from the government. “Wherever it can, the government should give incentives instead of supporting redevelopment. However, real estate value is bigger now and everyone wants to capitalise on the commercial value and asset value. But these are living pages of history. We should make structures today that would be heritage tomorrow,” said Vikas Dilawari, conservation architect.

600 sq m Area of the premises

1936 Year the bungalow was erected 

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