Modern-day infrastructure is one of the top priorities of the Modi government. The recently inaugurated tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir is just one example. Now the government is planning an extremely ambitious project in Mumbai.
A structure taller than Dubai’s 163-floor Burj Khalifa with a green boulevard bigger than Mumbai’s Marine Drive will form part of a new eastern waterfront. It is to be developed on a wasteland and forms a part of a dream project of Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, NitinGadkari.
“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. 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,” he 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. The plans for the project are ready, the wait for the centre’s nod.
The project includes about 500 hectares to be developed with a mix of port operations, business, office, commercial, retail, entertainment, community projects and convention centres. One of the main highlights of the project is a 7-km long marine drive between Mazagaon Docks and Wadala, much bigger than the existing Marine Drive. Spaces for community recreation and engagement, maritime museum, marinas, etc., have also been designated.
Narendra Modi’s vision is clear – develop quality infrastructure which will give jobs to many, which will in turn boost tourism raising government earnings and providing more opportunities to entrepreneurs. World-class infrastructure is not an option for a future superpower, it is a necessity. Thankfully, at last a central government has realized that.