B G Deshmukh, former cabinet secretary and chairman of the advisory committee he will personally appeal the private companies to fund the restoration of Shaniwarwada. “I have asked the archaeology department to submit within six week a detailed proposal for the repair and maintenance of Shaniwarwada. Instead of going the long route of phase-wise maintenance that will take 5-6 years, it can be done at one go if the corporate houses participate,” he said.
According to him, the historical monument can either be maintained on the lines of Humayun tomb in Delhi by the municipal corporation or through funding from the corporate sector. “Pune is one of the fastest growing city in the country with many corporate offices coming up. The corporate sector will be appealed to come forward and help conserve Shaniwarwada,” he said.
Meanwhile, municipal commissioner Praveensinh Pardeshi said the PMC has plans to revamp the light and sound show at the Shaniwarwada and will be seeking expertise from the famous laser show at Hyderabad.
The PMC has undertaken a project to display paintings of leaders and is also planning to recreate the inside garden by planting native flower plants.
Earlier, Mayor Rajlaxmi Bhosale had Pardeshi to start allotting funds in the PMC budget for the maintenance of Shaniwarwada.