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HISTORY form "The Bangalore Parsis"
Full Address :
14 Venkataswamy Naidu Road
Bangalore 560 051
E-mail : Trustees@bpza.org
WWW : http://www.bpza.org
Landmark : Opposite the Indian Express building and the Agiary.
Housing Scheme for the Parsees
From 1965 the housing scarcity
In those years the Anjuman had meagre funds and experienced great difficulties in managing even its own affairs. The yearly audited accounts were in deficit. The funds, which were earmarked, were invested either with the Bombay Parsee Panchayat or in Government Securities. So the Trustees were not in a position to help these needy Parsees. As might be recalled, the Trustees had no funds to construct a Dharmasala some years ago either.
One fine day, both Mr. Behramshaw Sidhwa and I sat together and prepared the yearly budget. We thought of en-cashing a few Government Securities and raising additional funds through donations. The appeal for housing for needy Parsees caused the Trustees and the Panthaki to strain themselves in every direction, even taking undue financial risks. The Bombay Parsee Panchayat was approached for a loan of Rs. 25,000, which they sanctioned interest-free and some Parsees gave donations to start the work. All told, we were able to collect Rs.50,000. The donors’ names are recorded on a tablet in The Lady Jehangir Kothari Memorial Hall Annex.
From this amount it was not possible to buy a plot of land to construct
flats for the poor. Mr. Sidhwa thought
of using the vacant plot in the compound of the Lady Jehangir Kothari Memorial
Hall. I requested our President Mr.
Sidhwa to try and communicate with the Executors of late Sir Jehangir Kothari
Many letters were exchanged with the Kothari Trust and eventually one gentleman Mr. Keki Talati came from Karachi on behalf of the Kothari Trust to evaluate the situation. This was followed by more correspondence between them and the Anjuman after which the plan for the proposed building was submitted to them. After much consideration, the Executors agreed to allow construction of apartments on the condition that the proposed building should be 100 feet away from The Lady Jehangir Kothari Memorial Hall, on the East side of the compound.
Since the Anjuman had property at Guttahalli, the trustees decided to sell about one acre of land behind the prayer hall. The Trustees sold this land for Rs. 70,000/- and added this amount to the proposed The Lady Jehangir Kothari Memorial Hall Annexe Project.
The Trustees then called for a General Body Meeting
where it was resolved to start construction work. However, the Anjuman had
funds for constructing just the ground and first floors. At that time, Mr.
Bahadur Saher and Mr. Dara. Ghadiali of Saher & Ghadiali, Architects, had