The Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari readies plans for a structure taller than Dubai’s iconic 163-floor Burj Khalifa with a green boulevard three times bigger than Mumbai’s Marine Drive. These grand plans are part of a dream project of Mr. Gadkari, who sees the Mumbai Port Trust as the “richest landlord” of the city and wants to give a makeover to its huge swathes of industrial wasteland. The plans are ready and the ministry is awaiting for the approval from the Cabinet, the Minister said.
MbPT, which was earlier called the Bombay Port Trust, is one of the largest public land holders in Mumbai city and has been operating the port since 1873. It is one of the top 12 major ports in the country. About 500 hectares is proposed to be developed with a mix of port operations, business, office, commercial, retail, entertainment, community projects and convention centres, etc. A key feature of the plan is a 7-km long marine drive between Mazagaon Docks and Wadala, much bigger than the existing Marine Drive. The proposed projects also include creation of spaces for community recreation and engagement, maritime museum, marinas etc. Mumbai Port has already invited global tender from consulting firms for master plan and infrastructure design of the port. Mr. Gadkari said the Shipping Ministry has plans to develop other ports too.
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