The BMC had undertaken the work of revamping the gardens, located along Lady Jehangir road in Matunga (East), following complaints about its poor condition, allegedly due to the civic body’s apathy. In January this year, the Rs5.25-crore work was undertaken as a special project to upgrade the gardens which together covering an area of around 22,000 sq m.
“During the project, we have erected galvanised iron fencing around the gardens and installed fountains in of them. There is playing equipment for kids and recharge ring wells to store water required to keep the area green. We have also provided drinking waterfacility, proper footpaths around the gardens, plus trees,” a civic official said, requesting not to be named.
The gardens, a grade III heritage precinct, were constructed as part of a plan to decongest the southern end of the city under Dadar-Matunga project in the late 19th century.
Since the gardens are a protected heritage precinct, any changes to be made were required to be sanctioned by Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC). The corporation had first formulated a plan to upgrade the gardens in 2006.