The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), which plans a central park by reclaiming 94.33 hectares of the sea, will defray the maintenance costs of this park and develop restaurants and villas on the adjoining 52 hectares of its land, said an official from the MbPT, requesting confidentiality.
The available open plot, comprising 52 hectares, will be made operational in the next one-and-half years for the public. Fifteen per cent of this plot will be used commercially. Moreover, to develop this plot, no clearance will be required, unlike reclamation of the sea for the development of the central park. Therefore, by developing the available open plot, simultaneously permissions from the ministry of environment, forests, and climate change (MoEF&CC) will be sought for sea reclamation.”
The MbPT had planned the project on the lines of Singapore’s Marina Bay. Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay. The resort includes a 2,561-room hotel, a convention-exhibition centre, a mall, a museum, two large theatres, celebrity chef restaurants, two floating crystal pavilions, art-science exhibits, and the world’s largest atrium casino. The complex is topped by a SkyPark, a three-acre park, a swimming pool and jogging tracks, set atop the world’s largest public cantilevered platform.
The official explained, “The reclaimed park will be kept open. Moreover, like Visakhapatnam’s multi-utility park, which includes soft activities, here too, visitors will not just see the park and leave but can spend an entire day here in various activities. Our model is along the same lines.”
The proposed park is near Haji and Hay Bunder at Sewri. Therefore, people coming from the Eastern Freeway, Wadala, Dadar and Sewri will have easy accessibility. Moreover, the park will act as a crucial attraction point, since the proposed metro corridors, the ropeway service from Sewri to Elephanta Caves can be accessed.
The park will provide connectivity to visitors who can take a ropeway ride or the metro or other water transport. The MbPT hopes to have a plan for the proposed central park by March, which will be sent to the central authorities for approval. For the development of this central park, MbPT expects to spend around Rs 500 crore.