In view of its creaky condition, the Bombay High Court last April ordered all remaining tenants - residential and commercial - to quit by May 15 and the Supreme Court extended the deadline to May 30, which has been complied with.
- Esplanade Mansion figures on World Monuments Watch's list of 100 most endangered buildings globally
- It falls in UNESCO's recently declared Victorian and Art Deco Ensembles region in South Mumbai
- It functioned as popular hotel with 130 rooms and 20 suites, patronised by Mumbai's elite and Europeans
Mumbai's 150-year old landmark building, Esplanade Mansion, has been barricaded and a footpath beside it has also been cordoned off as it awaits a nod for redevelopment, a top official said on Friday.
"We would have liked to restore it since it's a world-class monument. However, the cast iron used for its construction is not available now. So, we await the Bombay High Court orders for its redevelopment under the guidance of Heritage Conservation experts," Mumbai Building Repairs and Reconstruction Board (MBRRB) Chairman Vinod Ghosalkar told IANS.
The building, figuring on the World Monuments Watch's list of 100 most endangered buildings globally, falls in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) recently declared Victorian and Art Deco Ensembles region in South Mumbai.