Mumbai: Blueprint ready on port land use

  • Kunal Purohit, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 12, 2014 19:12 IST

Open, green, connected: Development of the Mumbai's port land will revolve around these concepts, said a report by the Mumbai Port Land Development Committee (MPLDC), appointed by the Centre.

After more than five months of deliberation and studies, the MPLDC is ready with the blueprint for the freed-up land.

HT has consistently reported on the freeing-up of the port land. On July 17, HT began a series on how the liberated land across the eastern waterfront gives the city a chance to reinvent itself.

MPLDC, headed by former port trust chairperson Rani Jadhav, gave the blueprint to Union shipping minister Nitin Gadkari and the port board of trustees during a meeting on Thursday evening.

More than 60% of the land – around 1,000 acres of the 1,860 acres – can be opened up and used for the city’s development, MPLDC said in the meeting, according to sources.

The blueprint has proposed three mass transit corridors for the city – metro, bus rapid transit system and water transport connectors, apart from other provisions such as hundreds of acres of open spaces, a gleaming waterfront and tourist hotspots such as an observatory wheel or an aquarium by the sea, sources said.

MPLDC has recommended the setting up of entrepreneurial zones, where dedicated areas will be developed to create employment opportunities. A 300-acre entertainment zone has also been proposed. Further, the committee has presented the ways in which more land can be extracted.

MbPT trustee Sudhakar Apraj, who attended the meeting, said the report was very comprehensive. “The report has been well-received for its comprehensive nature. The minister has also agreed to provide employee housing on these lands.”

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