PMC finalises 3 designs for monument at Bhide Wada Pune | Pune News – Times of India



Pune: PMC has finalised three designs for the proposed national monument at Bhide Wada — the first school for girls in the country founded by social reformers Mahatma Jyotirao and Savitribai Phule with eight students in 1848.
After being in a shambles for years, the school is now on the way to be redeveloped after over 13 years of legal dispute. “Various aspects related to the monument have been considered before finalising the designs.The designs should highlight the social reformers’ works and importance of the first girls’ school in the country,” said Vikas Dhakane, additional commissioner, PMC.
As per the PMC’s primary plan, the memorial will have a statue of Savitribai Phule. It will be a two-storey building spread over 6,212sqft. The memorial will have seven rooms, one of which will be a representational classroom. The PMC will try to recreate the classroom in a way that will help visitors understand the ambience of the first women’s school during the Phule era.
Among other attractions at the monument will be a library, reading room and headmaster’s room. A PMC official said changes for the betterment of the monument, if needed, would be considered in days to come. Jyotirao and Savitribai Phule had started three schools with over 150 students by 1851.
Late on Monday night, the PMC carried out a demolition drive as the one-month deadline set by the high court for the tenants to vacate the Bhide Wada premises ended earlier this week.
A PMC official said the internal transfer of land has been completed. PMC’s departments such as building permission, land acquisition and establishment will jointly work on the project, the proposal of which will be sent to the state government for final approval. The official said groundwork for the project would start once the state approved the proposal.
Some occupants of Bhide Wada had objected to vacate the space. Keeping this in mind, PMC completed the demolition drive with police protection. Deputy commissioner of police (Zone 1) Sandeep Singh Gill said owners of seven shops had not vacated the premises though the deadline was over. “We received orders from the state government and revenue department to take possession of the property in association with PMC. We completed the formality and handed over the property to PMC for further process,” he said.
The site is close to Dagadusheth Halwai Ganpati temple and Mahatma Phule Mandai. The PMC official said the civic administration had approved development of the monument in 2006. The approval for land acquisition was issued by the civic committees in 2008.
(With inputs from
Gitesh Shelke)

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