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.