Mulji Jetha water Fountain of 19th century, Mumbai - restored

Mulji Jetha Fountain, Mumbai 19th-C

Mulji Jetha  water Fountain,  a heritage structure on Mint street (Ballard estate) in Fort, Mumbai  was designed by  architect Frederick William Stevens (the other work is the Victoria Terminus) assisted by John Griffiths, the then principal of Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art. Erected in 1894, by cotton trader Ruttonsee Mulji  to commemorate the death of his only son, Dharamsi Mulji at the age of 15. The statue of the boy is seen holding a book, symbolic of his interest in reading. High-lighted by  Indo-Saracenic style, the structure has  many Indian motifs. There are 42 spouts in the shape of crocodile and cow's heads    Elephant  heads form  the corbels and water spouts. The fountain was in a state of neglect for a long time, primarily due to official apathy and way back in   2017  it was restored along with plumbing.    Kala Ghoda Association  (KGA) provided the needed  funds, abut Rs.60 lakhs.  Conservation architect Vikas Dilawari  took special care to restore the damaged head carvings which needed special skill.So was the plumbing and pumping system. Now enclosed in a lush greenery space inside the  fence, the  grey granite pillars and the troughs  add  beauty to  the majestic fountain. 

Mulji Jetha Fountain, Mumbai

Mulji Jetha Fountain, Mumbai.

Giving due importance to the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco ensemble of Mumbai, in 2018  UNESCO World Heritage Centre added  94 iconic structures in the Fort precinct of Mumbai to the World Heritage sites list to safeguard them for the posterity. The 19th century  fortified trading post of Bombay became an important trading center over a period of time after the demolition of the old fort. Many old structures despite climatic conditions, have survived and some lost for ever.  

Leading  conservation architect Vikas Dilawari gave importance to the restoration of   many old structures -  the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Esplanade House, JN Petit Library and the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, etc. The functional fountain enhances the beauty of local area.