These two 3.10-metre lengthy, 165-year-old metal cannons had been among the many scores of huge weapons which as soon as protected the open-to-sea borders of Mumbai, however now, they are going to face inwards and deployed to improve the great thing about the town’s gardens.
In a singular initiative, the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has determined to restore, refurbish and erect the 2 over 16-decades previous cannons of the British East India Co. period in an east Mumbai suburban park quickly.
“The British rulers had installed these cannons in many places to protect the sea-encircled Mumbai, its ports, harbours, the mint, and other important installations. From these, two steel canons are still sturdy and in good shape,” stated BMC Gardens Superintendent Jitendra Pardeshi.
Presently mendacity in the Lions Children’s Park, Ghatkopar, the Additional Municipal Commissioner (East) Ashwini Bhide has accredited the proposal to re-instal each the cannons in a grand method and despatched it to the Archaeological Preservations Engineer for additional motion.
Built in 1971, the Lions Children Park is unfold throughout 55,843 sq. toes of lush greenery frequented by 1000’s each day, with the 2 British-era cannons silently mendacity there, nearly uncared for.
Both cannons are 3.10 metres lengthy with an internal and outer circumference of 0.64 and 1.17 metres respectively, are product of metal and have ‘NCPC’ and ‘1856’ inscribed in Roman script
Pardeshi stated that the Municipal Antiquities Preservation engineer will quickly restore the 2 cannons to their authentic glory and so they shall be re-installed on an impressive excessive platform, affording Mumbaikars a little bit of leisure with a historic contact.
Mumbai and its environment are dotted with a number of massive and small remnants like fortress partitions with bastions, cannons, weapons, the maze of underground tunnels like those in Raj Bhavan or the General Post Office, previous mile-stones, quaint fountains, just a few underground fresh-water tanks and different marvels relationship to the British Raj, some found and plenty of most likely unknown.
Experts and historical past fans have estimated that there might be 250-plus such previous cannons scattered throughout the town, some seen and others out-of-sight, however principally in a dilapidated situation, together with two standing majestically atop a hill on the Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage website, round 10 km off Mumbai in the Arabian Sea.
Though just a few fortunate ones are fairly well-preserved inside public buildings, some deserted outdoors a railway station, a minimum of one is worshipped as a part of a make-shift temple, and others are put to ingenious makes use of by the locals, who’re oblivious of their historic worth.
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