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‘Tenders for MbPT land development proj consultant in 10 days’

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Mumbai: Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) chairman Sanjay Bhatia today said a global tender will be floated in 10 days to appoint a project management and implementation consultant, who will create a master-plan for the proposed port-land development at the country’s oldest harbour.

Creating basic infrastructure will take two to four years, he said, adding the final action plan will draw from the numerous committee reports which have been presented till now by a slew of stakeholders, including citizen groups, industry lobbies, etc.

“Till now, the plans that have been made are general. We do not have a detailed master-plan enlisting where to build a road, a marina or a restaurant. I need to appoint a consultant for that,” Bhatia, who took over as the chairman recently, said.


“We are not here to make another study report, we will be appointing a project management and implementation consultant who prepares a master-plan, and implements it,” Bhatia said, adding he would also like to have Cidco as a special advisor.

He said a project management and implementation consultant helped with the developmental projects he had undertaken as Cidco managing director in Navi Mumbai, and added “tender for a project management and implementation consultant for the portland development will be floated in 10 days.”

Stating that the suggestions for the land use include public utilities, urban transport, waterfront activities and seaside development like hotels, Bhatia said there are a slew of challenges for the implementation.

Specifically, suggestions include gardens, playgrounds, cycling tracks, walkways, marinas, floating restaurants, metro rai, a Burj-Khalifa like hotel etc.

After central Mumbai’s mill land, the release of MbPT’s excess land on the eastern waterfront is seen as a bonanza for the space-starved megapolis. Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari had tried to assuage concerns earlier, saying it will be used for public good and not for the benefit of realty developers.

Bhatia said 1,000 acres of the overall 1,800 acre land of the MbPT is available for development, but this is not contiguous. There are various agencies both at the Central and the state levels which deal with various facets, making coordination a key challenge, he added.