Nitin Gadkari, the union minister for Shipping Road Transport and Highways has grand plans to create a structure taller than Dubai’s iconic 163 floor Burj Khalifa along Mumbai’s waterfront and call it the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Tower. Its first 30 floors would house convention centres, the next 30 for restaurants, 30 for hotels, 20 for malls and a few for underground parking space.
He would like his dream project to have a green boulevard bigger than Marine Drive to be developed on industrial wasteland in the maximum city with musical fountains, lights, and crystal clear waters like the waters around the Andaman islands. He believes the Mumbai Port Trust is one of the largest public land owners, the ‘richest landlord’ of the city and they can put the land under them to good use.
The proposed plan is to have a 7 km long marine drive between Mazgaon Docks and Wadala which would also include spaces for community recreation and engagement, a maritime museum, marinas, restaurants etc. About 500 hectares is proposed to be developed with a mix of port operations, business, office, commercial, retail, entertainment, convention centers and community projects.
Mumbai Port has invited global tender from consulting firms for the master plan and infrastructure design of the port. The plans have been sent to the centre and approvals are awaited.
The citizens however, don’t seem to excited about this mega project which will incur pumping massive amounts of money into it. They would much prefer the amount be spent on improving the infrastructure in the city before indulging in this wasteful expenditure.