Taking a step closer to unlocking the port land on the city’s eastern waterfront, the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) received the first draft of the design, which would transform the area into a Marine Drive-like promenade with swanky marinas, residential and commercial units.
Currently, 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.
Ahmedabad-based HCP Design, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Unity Consultancy—the consortium appointed to prepare a detailed masterplan for the port land development project—has submitted the first draft to MbPT. “Now that we have received the first draft, we will start discussions with all stakeholders. Depending on these discussions, we will incorporate suggestions and revise accordingly,” said Sanjay Bhatia, MbPT chairman.
The first draft has incorporated the suggestions of the committee, which was headed by former MbPT chairperson Rani Jadhav.
The project will include a marina twice the length of Marine Drive, a public park five times larger than Oval Maidan, a swanky business district that would house Central government offices and an iconic structure bigger than Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The MbPT is optimistic about taking up the development of 150 hectares, which is vacant and immediately available.
According to MbPT officials, the city would start seeing work in the next 10-12 months.
“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,” Bhatia said.