Mumbai might get wax museum; CM Uddhav Thackeray explores ideas

Amongst various ideas presented before Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to make Mumbai more tourist-friendly city, the proposal to build a wax museum was a pivotal one

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In an attempt to boost tourism in Mumbai and make the island city tourist-friendly, the State Government is exploring the idea of setting up a wax museum in Mumbai. Along with this, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government also intends to build a new proposed aquarium as an open-to-sea facility in the basement of Taraporewala aquarium.

On Thursday, CM Thackeray reviewed several proposals, which were brought by Worli MLA Aaditya Thackeray. The Yuva Sena chief had proposed of ideas such as an art street at Kala Ghoda, a night safari at the proposed zoo amid the Aarey colony, increasing the number of tenements for project-affected people (PAP), and raising the revenue of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking.

During a review of Mumbai's civic infrastructure, CM Thackeray asked officers to suggest options to boost tourism in the city. To which, officials from the State Tourism Department presented an idea to bring a wax museum in Mumbai similar to Madame Tussauds.

“Uddhavji liked the idea but said it should have a theme. One theme could be Shiv Charitra (the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj),” a Shiv Sena leader present at the meeting told The Hindu.

Meanwhile, the officials also discussed about constructing a world-class aquarium, a proposal that was previously brought forward by the CM.

Another point highlighted in the meeting was to introduce standardisation of street furniture and street signs to beautify the city. CM Thackeray instructed officials to clean up spaces under flyovers and then either bring public toilets there or beautify the spaces.

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