If Mumbai is a timeless story of contrasts and cultures, Mumbai Customs, has no less a fascinating history replete with headline-grabbing news like seizures of gold and silver and exciting encounters with smugglers and dons. But what most of us do not realize is the tireless efforts made by Mumbai
New Custom House, Mumbai, was designed by George W. Wittet, more famous as the architect of the Gateway of India. It was commissioned for construction in 1911 and was completed in 1913 at a cost of Rs. 15.42 Lakh. However, due to the onset of World War I, it was first used as a hospital and started working as the Custom House only in 1922. This Photograph was taken by the architect George Wittet himself in 1920 when the Arabian Sea used to be right in front of the New Custom House.