Wadala to get promenade thrice the size of Marine Drive

The eastern water front, which will undergo a major revamp, will have a promenade thrice the length of Marine Drive. Mumbai Port Trust has decided to create a recreation zone on its port land, for which a master plan is being prepared. The length of Marine Drive is 3.6 km.

MbPT had appointed a consortium, which designed the Sabarmati waterfront, to prepare a master plan for the revamp of the eastern water front into a hub of tourism, recreation and entertainment under the self-financing model, through commercial exploitation of land, in November 2016. The consultant will start work on the draft plan for 550 ha within six months. Of this, 300 ha is available but the detailed master plan for 165 ha will be ready in nine months.

MbPT wants the consultant to create a landmark site for Mumbai and India, with plazas and shopping arcades, and a pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment. The revamp will be carried out on land where non-port activities are undertaken, to the north of Ferry Wharf. Since it is being carried out under the s elf-financing model, MbPT will monetise the land so that another central business district can come up on the lines of BKC.

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