Homi J Bhabha's iconic Mumbai bungalow goes under the hammer for Rs 372 crore
MUMBAI: 'Mehrangir', the iconic bungalow of Homi J Bhabha, father of India's atomic energy programme, was on Wednesday sold at an auction for Rs 372 crore, despite demands to turn it into a museum.
The highest bidder, whose identity was not disclosed at his request, landed the sprawling property at plush Malabar Hill which went under the hammer at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), its custodian.
The property fetched Rs 115 crore more than the reserve price of Rs 257 crore.
"As per the request of the winning bidder, the identity will not be disclosed at this stage," NCPA said in a release.
“ 依中标人请求，眼下不会透露其身份，” 全国表演艺术中心在一次发布会上说。
The three-storey bungalow with a built-up area of over 15,000 sq ft on a plot measuring 1,593sqm, offers a beautiful view of the sea.
After Bhabha's death in a plane crash 1966, his brother Jamshed, a patron of art and culture, became the custodian of the estate.
On Jamshed's death in 2007, the property was transferred to NCPA, an institution he had nurtured.
Some employees of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) had recently petitioned the Centre and moved the Bombay High Court against the sale and sought the bungalow to be converted into an atomic energy museum.
The high court had on Monday refused to grant a stay against the sale, but posted the matter for hearing on June 23, saying the auction could be revoked, if required.
NCPA IS NOW RICH BODY.
Parapuram George Joseph (Unknown)
Alas! It had to happen! After all who cares for people who served the nation with dedication and love? The historic building should have been turned to a museum in honour of the illustrious scientist.
Bhaba was Parsi
this is the highest price
instead of auction, govt should take over the bungalow
it should be converted into Bhaba's Museum, govt should bye from the person who bought it and all the memories of Bhaba should be stored inside.
Guest Unknown (NA)
It should be converted into science museum. So that next generation will remember him. We have so many museum in name of Gandhi/ Nehru family. This should be for Bhabha & Science.
VVijayalakshmi Venkataramanan (Unknown)
ANY PROPERTY KEEPS SHIFTING FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER ! THAT IS THE WAY OF LIFE!
Mahesh Ved (Mumbai) replies to VVijayalakshmi Venkataramanan
RIGHT. BUT THIS PROPERTY IS NOT AN ORDINARY PROPERTY.
its going to demolished and big building is gooing to come up
Mahesh Ved (Mumbai) replies to
NO. THE BUYER WILL USE IT AS RESIDENCE.
hmm what is there inside tat building..400 crore???
Yajur Mahendru (Faridabad)
how come he was able to construct such a home being a govt employee
Mahesh Ved (Mumbai) replies to Yajur Mahendru
HE INHERITED FROM HIS RICH PARENTS,
Sudhir Kakkar (Unknown) replies to Yajur Mahendru
It was built by Jehangir father of Homi Bhabha & named as Meharangir. Taking Mehar from his mother' s name & angir from his father' s name.