Come October and you may be able to take a speedboat ride or even parasail over the Arabian sea during a visit to Juhu beach — courtesy the state government.
Currently, the only place in the city where you can enjoy such aquatic joyrides is the private H2O complex at Girgaum Chowpatty.
“We have invited private players to conduct and manage watersports activities we are proposing, with a monthly amount payable to the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corpora-tion (MTDC),” said Vijay Chavan, general manager of MTDC.
“The idea is to provide sports facilities to people in the suburbs as well,” Chavan said.
The MTDC has already received bids from about 25 companies. The last date for submission is July 31.
“The sports facilities are likely to start after the monsoon. But it will depend on the clearances we have still to get from the coastal authorities since they are very careful about it after the 26/11 terrorist attacks,” said Chavan.
“In 1992, we had entered into an agreement with a private party for similar watersports. It did not continue for long as
they did not have the required equipment to handle huge demand,” he added.
This time, the MTDC is being choosy. Bids have been invited only from companies with experience in the watersports arena.
All contenders will have to list the sports equipment they plan to provide, and all equipment will be checked against the safety specifications of the Maharashtra Maritime Board.