The Union shipping ministry restored the proposal to redevelop the Mumbai’s eastern waterfront with an 11-km promenade, a Central Park and a Hitech City. The ministry has also set a target to develop a new major port at Vadhavan, nearly 140km north of Mumbai, into one of the top 10 container ports in the world by 2023.
This will be taken up as a part of monetising the non-core port assets. Though a similar proposal, including a Burj Khalifa-like building was prepared by the Mumbai Port Trust during the first tenure of the Narendra Modi government, it could not go ahead as the Prime Minister did not give the go-ahead.
According to the fresh blueprint prepared by the Mumbai Port Trust for the eastern waterfront, which is spread over 865 acres along the 28km eastern coastline from Wadala to Colaba, there will be four components. The first one will be developing a 11-km waterfront promenade. Sources said the Mumbai Port Trust has roped in experts who had developed the Sabarmati Riverfront for this project.
The second part of the project involves developing a Central Park spread over 360 acres which will have gardens, pathways, an artificial beach and a rope-way station, sources said. The third component involves developing a Hitech City with both residential and commercial towers to help meet the increasing demand in the city. The fourth part of the mega project will be creating facilities and attractions for tourists and building the ‘longest sea ropeway’ to Elephanta.