Knocksense: A local content and recommendations platform

Mumbai's iconic Fitzgerald Water Fountain & Lamp shines in its erstwhile glory yet again!

The 152-year-old monument in South Bombay has been restored by the BMC Heritage Cell, after 3 long years of hard work.

After 3 years of extensive research and restoration efforts, the BMC Heritage Cell has finally managed to reinstall the erstwhile beauty of Mumbai's 152-year-old Fitzgerald fountain, in all its shining glory! Located at the Vasudev Balwant Phadke Chowk near Metro Cinema in South Bombay, this 45 feet high and 19 feet wide monument was inaugurated by Maharashtra's Guardian Minister on Sunday, ornating the city with its old-age Victorian charm.


The course of Fitzgerald Fountain restoration

Set in wrought iron, this 16-tonne fountain was initially installed in 1867, at the Metro Cinmera Junction by the Esplanade Committee to honour the then Governer of Bombay, William Robert Seymour Vesey-Fitzgerald. Designed and installed by the Barwell & Co.'s Eagle Foundry in Northampton, England, the monument was relocated from Dhobi Talao to the Bhau Daji lad museum in 1962 to resolve the traffic sneers in the city.

BMC took the task of reinstating the Fitzgerald fountain in 2018, after 6 decades of haphazard relocation of the monument. Besides years of neglect and time tear, the Heritage Cell was met with the challenge to scavenge 200 missing pieces of the fountain. Soon a restoration team of 50 experts and staff were brought on board to help prepare the restoration design. This team assisted to conduct research and cast moulds to create replicas of the lost piece to expedite the task at hand.

Similarly, the characteristic lamp of this monument has also been recast. Luckily for the BMC, it found the drawing of a twin fountain made in Eagle foundry in 1863 Northamptonshire. These designers were used to mould a lamp out of aluminium and complete the restoration work.

Fountain to soon be opened for public viewing

Civic officials informed that the work was completed 3 months ago but the inauguration has been staggered due to the present pandemic situation. It will soon be opened for public viewing, they added.

While several call it a symbol of the British tyranny and a reminder of the colonised Bombay Presidency, others revel in the sheer intricacies of the fountain and the spring of nostalgia along with it. What are your thoughts about the restoration? Do let us know in the comments below!

d Flea Affair by Knocksense in Lucknow is all set to take you by storm this weekend!

Taking place at the coolest venue in town, d Flea Affair will stretch from October 29 to 30th.

Stepping into a new age of fests and fairs, Knocksense is hosting Lucknow's first-ever flea market and it's all set to revolutionise the way you have fun! An outdoor bazaar, 'd Flea Affair' is a one stop destination for your retail therapy, set in the vibrance of the town's choicest lifestyle, decor, food and fashion brands, amid the rhythms of kick-ass music. Set up in a 'Boho Carnival' look, this magnanimous affair will be organised at DLF MyPad from October 29 to 31.

Keep reading... Show less

Proud Moment for Lucknowites as city gets its own IPL team!

RP Sanjiv Goenka Group buys it for Rs 7,090 crore

Lucknow's own IPL team to play in IPL 2022. Ahmedabad and Lucknow are the two new members of the Indian Premier League (IPL) family as it will now be a ten-team affair from the next season.

Keep reading... Show less

Dengue impact in Jaipur's urban areas soars to a new peak with 922 cases so far!

Mansarovar area logs in the highest number of 167 dengue cases in urban Jaipur.

Amidst the persistent dengue scourge in Jaipur, the disease spread in urban areas shoulders a tally higher than that of rural limits. With 922 cases coming from the city and 795 from the remote set-ups, the Pink City is facing an epidemic and it's raising concerns across. Reportedly, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation is undertaking a new plan of action for all anti-larvae operations each day, based on an area-wise list prepared by the health department daily for dengue prevention.

Keep reading... Show less

Vaccination drive in UP to get a boost with Cluster Model 2.0

Cluster Model 2.0 will be implemented across Uttar Pradesh from November 1.

In a bid to speed up the COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the state, the government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to adopt the 'Cluster Model 2.0'. Focusing on the administration of the second and the final dose, this new strategy will be implemented from November 1 in rural areas. Notably, the UP government had earlier organised an inoculation drive at the block level by creating mini clusters. The second version of this model that will be implemented next month, includes a few additional changes.

Keep reading... Show less

Lucknow University to resume physical classes for another course starting October 25

LU had earlier resumed on-campus classes for Fine Arts, B.Com and Management students

With a decline in the number of COVID cases in the city, Lucknow University is gradually resuming offline classes for different courses. Recently, the university announced that physical classes for BCA first semester students for the session 2021-22 would begin from 25 October. The university had previously started physical classes for Fine Arts, B.Com and Management students on 7th October.

Keep reading... Show less

116 primary & secondary schools in Lucknow to get a facelift soon

Reportedly, 65 primary & 51 secondary schools in Lucknow are all set to undergo renovation

116 government schools in Lucknow are all set to get a facelift soon. The dilapidated condition of these schools had gone unnoticed for a long time, but now various real estate developers have extended proposals to renovate these facilities as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. According to the officials, based on the report submitted by the education department, 116 schools across the city have been shortlisted for the same.

Keep reading... Show less

New rail line project between Indore and Gadawara kickstarts after a 5-year-long hiatus

The 205-km-long rail line will bring Jabalpur, Bhopal and Indore closer

The Indore Budhni Gadarwara Rail Line dream project finally inches closer to realisation with the Centre's nod. Initially proposed in 2016-2017, this agenda is presently in the land-acquisition stage and work is expected to start soon. Reportedly, the Union has further released funds for the accession of 1500 hectares of land to expedite the project pace. Pegged at a budget of ₹7,500 crores, the rail line will witness the establishment of 18 big and small stations along the charted route, benefitting lakhs of people.

Keep reading... Show less

Most Read

Headlines

Lucknow

Kanpur

Trending

Jaipur

Indore

Goa

Mumbai