Mumbai’s eastern waterfront project work to begin on December next year says Union surface transport, shipping and water resources minister, Nitin Gadkari.
Over many years mumbai’s eastern waterfront has remained closed to the citizens as the entire 28-km eastern coastline of Mumbai from Colaba to Wadala bordering 742 hectares, is locked under MbPT and does not feature prominently in the cityscape.
The MbPT is becoming absolute due to incompletion of new container terminal, shallow depth of port and competition from JNPT.
MbPT own the largest land at east coast area of Mumbai, and had decided to develop its land in a holistic manner and MbPT has action plans ready from the consultants.
“We will begin informal discussions with the stakeholders—the state government, municipal corporation, fishermen community, urban planners, union shipping ministry. The final plan will have to be approved by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the central government, following which we will begin the implementation of the project’’ said Sanjay Bhatia, MbPT Chairman.
“We are not giving our land to the builders and investors. We have plans to develop the area,We are making a green complex for central governments offices, smart road, three times bigger than the Marine Drive. a cruise terminal at the port for passengers and sea planes. We plan historic landmark bigger than Burj Khalifa.” Gadkari said.
This project will also develop the eastern seafront for tourism by creating marinas, promenades, public parks and cycling tracks, among others.
The Eastern waterfront will be able to accommodate container ship in future and project will also include spaces for Maritime museum and community recreation etc.