Flora fountain set for Rs 1.25-crore makeover

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"Artisans and craftsmen who work on the project will have to be well-acquainted with such structures. Tender norms are being drafted accordingly so that only specialised conservationists will work on it and particular material will be provided," said Dilawari.

Historic structure

In 1864, the Agri-Horticultural society of Western India with a donation of Rs 20,000 from Cursetjee Fardoonjee Parekh built Flora Fountain at the then centre of town area — what is today a five-point intersection in the heart of the business district of Fort. The fountain has been sculpted from Portland stone with base pillars of granite. Cast iron was used for the mouth of the fish and lion's head at the feet of the statue and limestone and terracotta wreaths decorate the arch on four sides.

It was originally named after Sir Bartle Frère, the then governor of Bombay but the name was changed before the unveiling of the structure. The fountain now bears a coat of white oil paint.

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