Good news for Mumbaikars, as two new floatels will be opened for business at Gateway of India from Monday. Union minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate two floating restaurants under the ongoing waterfront development work at Mumbai Port in Mumbai on Saturday.
The two floating restaurants have the capacity to accommodate 475 persons each. Licenses have been awarded for three floating restaurants – two at the sea off Gateway of India and one at the sea off Girgaum Chowpatty. According to Hindustan Times, the Queensline Sea Yah and Queensline Neverland will be stationed about a kilometre from the iconic Gateway of India. They have open decks, two bars and banquet halls. At a cover charge of Rs 2,500, Mumbaiites can spend three hours on the ships. The first cruise will begin at 8 pm on Monday.
The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and Shripriya Dalmia Thirani, the owner of the two ships will run the two floatels in a joint venture. Both MbPT and Thirani’s company will share 12% of the revenue profits from one boat, and 17% from the second, says the report. The ships were bought for Rs 25 lakh each from Istanbul. The two boats were refurbished at Indira docks in Mazagaon over the past year.