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Narendra Modi inaugurates Maha Guv’s home-cum-office ‘Jal Bhushan’

MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the swank new ‘Jal Bhushan’, the official residence-cum-office of the Maharashtra Governor, in the Raj Bhavan premises at Malabar Hill, here on Tuesday.

With a history of over 200 years, it traces its roots to the then Governor of Bombay, Mounstuart Elphinstone, who built a small bungalow called ‘Pretty Cottage’ at this location between 1820-1825 where the modern-day ‘Jal Bhushan’ now stands.

Since the relocation of the Arabian Sea-facing Government House at Malabar Hill in 1885, it has served as the residence of the British Governors of the erstwhile Bombay State, then the Governor of Bombay post-Independence and then the Maharashtra Governor after the state’s formation in 1960.

Since the old structure was found to be unsafe, it was decided to construct a new building for which President R.N. Kovind laid the foundation stone in August 2019, and the newly-built imposing building retains the salient heritage features of the earlier architecture.

Source: IANS

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