Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister told govt. is planning to build a “historic landmark bigger than Burj Khalifa” in Mumbai in which smart roads would be thrice bigger than the Marine Drive. The plans are all set to be executed and just awaiting the approval from the Centre. Gadkari said, “We are not giving our land to the builders and investors. We have plans to develop the area…We are making a green, smart road, three times bigger than the Marine Drive. We plan historic landmark bigger than Burj Khalifa. The plan is ready, we are waiting for the approval from the Cabinet.”
The most appealing characteristic of this plan is, it is 7-km long marine drive between Wadala and Mazagaon Docks which is much larger than the existing Marine Drive. The plan also comprised of marinas, maritime museum, and the creation of spaces for engagement. In conjunction to this, a plan of the structure is a way taller than 163-floor Burj Khalifa in Dubai with green roads bigger than Mumbai’s Marine Drive. This plan is the dream project of the Union minister for Highways, Shipping, and Road Transport.
It is evident that Nitin Gadkari wants to provide a perfect makeover to large swathes of industrial wasteland and also regard the Mumbai Port Trust as the “richest landlord” of the city. In an interview, Gadkari told, “in Mumbai, we are the number one landlord. The iconic Taj Hotel, the Ballard Estate, the Reliance building, we (MbPT) are the owners. There are beautiful plans to develop the huge land with the port.”
In an interview, Gadkari told, “In Mumbai, we are the number one landlord. The iconic Taj Hotel, the Ballard Estate, the Reliance building, we (MbPT) are the owners. There are beautiful plans to develop the huge land with the port.” Since 1873, MbPT has been operating and it is previously known as Bombay Port Trust which is one of the top 12 main ports in India and is also one of the largest public land holders in Mumbai. The 12 major ports are Mumbai, Marmugao, Kandla, JNPT, New Mangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Chennai, VO Chidambaram, Ennore, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, and Kolkata (including Haldia).
It is pertinent to note that one of the senior officials said, “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.” Nitin Gadkari, the Shipping Ministry said, he also has plans to develop other ports. “We are planning development of Kolkata Port. We are also making the smart city at Kandla Port .” He said there was neither scarcity of resources nor land as there is “one lakh hectares of land” between the govt. and ports already has Rs 14 lakh crore Sagarmala project for port-led development of the nation.
As matter of fact, 2.64 lakh acres of land between major ports in India. A plan for proper usage of land available with 12 major ports was in-process as around 61% of the nation’s gross cargo traffic managed and handled by these 12 major ports and also consultants are in the process of presenting a report that how to use 1.98 lakh acres of submerged land with ports.
What else to be delineated, as per the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India) report, the 12 major ports had failed to use even half of the entire land under their possession. he said in a report, “Land measuring 22,949.82 acres was identified for future activities by ports while 13,045.56 acres were yet to be earmarked for any future activity.” The previous year the cabinet had approved a policy for the grant of waterfront and connected land to port ancillary industries in 12 major ports.
Kudos to our Union Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari for his tremendous plan and hopefully the central govt. soon give it a nod to build a Mumbai waterfront three times bigger than Burj Khalifa in Dubai. We hope this post is informative as well as interesting, visit again to our website for more and latest updates and don’t forget to like, comment, and share. Thanks for reading, keep reading, keep motivating.