The city boasts of 143 privately owned yachts, but have you ever wondered where they are docked? In the sea as the city doesn't have a proper docking facility yet.
The existing jetty at the Gateway of India is used for water transport to areas like Elephanta and Mandwa, but it is insufficient to handle passenger traffic and provide proper parking space to boats and yachts.
The state government has recently asked the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to prepare a plan for building a marina, a harbor with wharfs for parking boats and yachts, between the Gateway of India and Radio Club. A marina also has refueling, washing and repair facilities for boats.
“The state government has asked us to undertake a proposal to build a marina in Mumbai. The structure will not only boost the water transport system but will also of be immense help for private boat owners,” said a senior MSRDC official.
The MSRDC, which is working on the Passenger Water Transport Project in the city, is contemplating on building a marina with a berthing space for minimum 200 vessels.
“We are yet to finalise details of the jetty but it will be a floating jetty, which will jut into the sea with people being able to walk on the ramps,” the official added.
Maharashtra finance minister Ajit Pawar had earmarked Rs5 crore in the budget for the marina project and an empowered committee headed by the chief secretary has asked the MSRDC to prepare its blueprint.
A marina once built will provide dependable berthing for vessels throughout the year.
India’s first marina became operational at Kochi on April 24 last year.