Looking to add more land to the city of Mumbai over the next 25 to 35 years, the Maharashtra government is mulling reclaiming land from the sea.
Singapore-based firm Surbana International, which is drawing up a concept plan for Mumbai, made a presentation to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and his senior officials on Tuesday and said land can be reclaimed along the eastern coast, off Chembur and off Uran.
It was one of the suggestions to develop Mumbai as a 'city of islands' in the future, by providing surplus land for housing and development, which would generate revenue for the state.
Pointing to legal and environmental concerns, Chavan has sought details of the plan.
"The consultants suggested substantial land reclamation on the eastern coast over a few hundred hectares as one of the options for the city's future growth," said U P S Madan, project director for Mumbai Transformation Support Unit (MTSU), the state's think tank for transforming Mumbai.
Officials at the meeting said the consultants offered a financially feasible reclamation option.
"It will need extensive ecology studies but reclamation can be done scientifically, like in Singapore and Hong Kong," said an official.