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Old July 31st, 2014, 07:47 AM   #1
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Mumbai eastern Front Development Project

Mumbai gets second chance to transform
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over 250 years, Mumbai’s eastern seafront has remained closed to its citizens and detached from the rest of the city.

Since Lowjee Nusserwanjee Wadia, then the master shipbuilder of Bombay, and his brother Sorabji, built the country’s first dry dock in 1750, and the port expanded and subsequently declined in its importance, Mumbai’s natural harbour on its eastern side is sought to be opened up and reclaimed into the city’s pulsating life.

With 28km and a portion of the 1,800 acres potentially unlocked, it is a rare chance to not only re-build, but also dramatically transform the space-starved city. After the misadventure of the textile mills land, sprawled across central Mumbai adding up to nearly 600 acres, which was re- developed as private commercial and residential space, the eastern waterfront would be the city’s second chance to secure land for public purposes. Mumbai could get tens of Oval Maidans and water transport facilities connecting to areas across the harbour.

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The 12-year-old proposals to turn this almost-forgotten area into a vastly more productive space were renewed last month when Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for shipping and transport, announced that he had set up a committee to plan and implement the re-development.

Rani Jadhav, former Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) chairperson, was appointed the head of the committee with architect Hafeez Contractor and urban planner-architect Pankaj Joshi of the Urban Design Research Institute as members. The committee has three months to submit its report.

Gadkari declared that the plan would be “to build a cruise terminal at the port for passengers and sea planes, a 500-room floating hotel, four floating restaurants, museums, commercial centres, a floating helipad, and a Mumbai Eye modelled after the London Eye near the sea”. All these suggestions have one focus: commercial development.

Urban planners say this should be made more comprehensive to include open public space for all Mumbaiites and affordable housing stock too. This calls for a master plan, they say.

“The western waterfront not having a master plan for its development encouraged the rich and powerful to manipulate and grab prime land along the coast. Bit by bit, this depleted the city of its most vital open space, the seafront, and turned public space private. This must not happen with the eastern waterfront,” said PK Das, architect and urban planner, who pencilled inclusive plans for Juhu and Bandra waterfronts.

“Mumbai has miserable standards of environment, public amenities and open spaces. If this is done right, the city could breathe again,” said Aneerudha Paul, urban designer and director of the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. Paul had co-authored a detailed study on the eastern waterfront in 2000.

The MbPT, which owns and manages vast tracts of the 1,800 acres, has invited ideas and suggestions from the public. MbPT chairperson Ravi Parmar, said, “The port is committed to ensuring that the city gains from these lands,” he said. Paul, like other planners, is sceptical.

In a city whose identity revolves around realty, the apprehension is that, if not handled well, the eastern waterfront land could meet the same fate as that of the textile mills: occupied by land-sharks eyeing the sea-facing acres purely for commercial exploitation.

There are several obstacles here. The port has thousands of tenancies, many of whom will have to be evicted for the land to be freed up and the port’s underconstruction Rs1,500-crore offshore container terminal has to be integrated, among other issues.

Meera Sanyal, banker-turned-politician, who contested the general election as an AAP candidate from Mumbai south, offered a solution. “Most of the MbPT land is with various companies on leases, which have expired. We can get them to vacate or ask them to build public amenities in return for their tenancy rights.” According to Paul, to ensure that the mill lands’ episode is not repeated, citizens must participate to negate the vested interests that may be eyeing these plots. Few cities have the luxury to transform themselves over centuries. After decades of unplanned development, largely led by the real-estate lobby, the re-development of the eastern waterfront could, if handled well, turn out to be the single most significant factor in turning the city around.


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Old October 29th, 2014, 12:21 AM   #2
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Port trust revives plan for marina off Princess and Victoria Docks

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Mumbai: The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) has revived plans to build the city's first marina off Princess and Victoria Docks that will accommodate around 300 luxury boats, including yachts and catamarans.

The port trust had made efforts to have a marina near Ferry Wharf but its bidders were not impressed with the location, near a workshop, where the draft was less.

MbPT deputy traffic manager Gautam Dey said, "The new location is easily accessible by road, and it will have enough space for operations and maintenance, besides leisure and shopping facilities."

MbPT has appointed Engineering Projects India Ltd (EPI) as consultants for the project. A senior official said, "The successful bidder will be given the area on a 30-year lease. Apart from refueling and maintenance services, the marina's operator can commercially exploit the land, for which floor space index will be granted by MbPT."

MPBT expects the successful bidder to offer minimum facilities like parking, a reception area, wireless internet access, lockers, a fueling facility, besides boat accessories and spare parts.

The official said the marina's developer can also provide leisure and shopping facilities to generate revenue as the site can become a tourist attraction too.

An MbPT official said, "We have given more land area to the bidder so that the proposal is more viable. We expect revenue of around Rs 4 crore per year.

A water front area of 84,000 square metres and land area of 8,000 square metres will be offered on lease to develop off-shore and on-shore facilities. Besides that, 6,000 square metres will be made available as a core area for marine activity.

The official said, "The developer is free of exploit some of the area for a water sports facility, floating restaurant, shopping arcade, aquarium, helipad, parking or amusement activities.

Despite being an international city with an expansive coastline, the city does not have a marina. Yachts and luxury boats are anchored off Gateway of India, and their owners have to board smaller boats to reach their vessels. The yachts have to be taken to a sheltered location to prevent damage when there is heavy rain during the monsoon season, which is long here.

A yacht owner said, "If a marina comes up close to South Mumbai, it will fuel more interest in the luxury yacht industry."

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Old November 28th, 2014, 06:44 AM   #3
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Docklands development

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Hafeez Contractor's vision, complete with the world's tallest building

The dockland redevelopment: Mumbai's last big chance?

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Old November 28th, 2014, 07:52 AM   #4
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Lot's of potential for this area. Hopefully something similar materializes so we don't see more of the haphazard development like in other parts of the city.

Hafeez's master plan:

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Old November 28th, 2014, 07:57 AM   #5
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Holy shit! A 1000m+ tower. But the sad thing is it will most probably remain a vision.
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Old November 28th, 2014, 04:55 PM   #6
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Great vision!

Lets hope it does not fizz out like many of Hafeez's grand visions. :fingerscrossed:
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Old December 1st, 2014, 12:35 PM   #7
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Is hafeez in the planning committee of this project or he has made this just as an independent architect's proposal to the Govt?
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Old December 1st, 2014, 01:46 PM   #8
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Great vision!

Lets hope it does not fizz out like many of Hafeez's grand visions. :fingerscrossed:
No point crossing your fingers.
The last time they spoke about hundreds of hectares of open land that would be made available to the Mumbaikar everyone got excited and kept their fingers crossed.
The same people who made these grand announcements, got into fistfights with one another to transfer land to builders.
I don't see any open lands for public recreation where the mills once were. Whatever little open spaces are there around these skyscrapers have been hidden behind very high walls, so the residents mood isnt spoilt by their not so affluent neighbors.
We can continue blaming it to our unique set of problems, so this is what we get.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 02:35 PM   #9
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Well mate, as someone who has seen the filthy and dry river in his home city transform itself completely and also offer 100s of acres of reclaimed develop-able land I wont lose hope just yet!
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People we pay to look into our interests only land up looking after their own.
Perhaps because we don't pay them enough to live a decent life?
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At a time when the Union shipping ministry wants to free Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) land, the port has created a record. Surpassing the previous high of 59.19 metric million tonnes of cargo handled in the year 2013-14, the MbPT on Wednesday handled an all-time high cargo in its 141-year history.

"With nearly a fortnight to go in current fiscal year, MbPT is expected to handle more than 61 MMT cargo in the year 2014-15," said Ravi Parmar, the MbPT chairperson.

With this, the port retains its position as the country's fourth largest major port in terms of tonnage handled.

"By end of March, we would have handled 61 MMT of cargo, 5 per cent higher than last year," Parmar said. "This defies the claim that the Mumbai Port Trust is going down. This is the fourth year in a row that cargo handling has crossed the previous year's record."

Last year the central government set up a committee, under former Mumbai Port Trust chair Rani Jadhav, to suggest better use of the 1,800-acre MbPT land.

Parmar said the MbPT has no excess land. "Else, how do we handle such quantities of cargo," he asked. "Given various navigational and other operational constraints, this [cargohandling rising] is a noteworthy achievement."

The Jadhav committee's report, which will be soon accepted by the ministry, suggests commercial usage of the land, including building a convention centre, creation of an entrepreneurial promotion zone, an export promotion centre, a convention and exhibition centre, international and regional business and financial districts, research and training institutes, knowledge enterprise zones, supported by hotels, shops, lifestyle and entertainment uses.

"The Jadhav committee report is not in the interest of Mumbaikars or the port trust; it is in the interest of builders," said Kersi Parekh of the Transport and Dock Workers Union. "Our port can flourish further."

Parekh said that the shipping ministry wants to shut down the ship-breaking yard, fertiliser and coal cargo handling in Mumbai.

"As per the Major Port Trust Act, 1953, land can only be utilised for infrastructure of the port," Parekh said. "How can they give the land for recreation and commercial use?"
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Most illogical argument ever!!! A piece of prime land in Bombay misused just because its productivity is somewhat comparable to some land in the interior mainland???? The land's productivity is hundred times more than what it is currently.
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Most illogical argument ever!!! A piece of prime land in Bombay misused just because its productivity is somewhat comparable to some land in the interior mainland???? The land's productivity is hundred times more than what it is currently.
Just wait. The moment JNPT's fourth terminal is inaugurated, the Mumbai port will take a massive beating in business. They will voluntarily surrender their land after that.
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Old May 12th, 2015, 05:29 AM   #14
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Centre has in-principle agreed to open up Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) land for affordable housing in Mumbai. Union surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari has agreed to give 350 acres to the state government to build affordable houses. MbPT land is the only open space left within the city. Its development was stuck due to permissions in the previous Congress-NCP government.
“A primary talk was held between the state and the Centre recently about freeing up MbPT land. They have agreed in-principle to give us 350 acres for low-cost and affordable housing,” housing minister Prakash Mehta told The Asian Age. The move is part of the state government’s ambitious project to create 11 lakh affordable houses in the next five years.
Affordable housing will also have provisions for homes that will be rented out. People who cannot afford or do not want to buy houses can go for the rental option, the minister said. The MbPT land will also have homes on rent for people who do not wish to buy property in Mumbai, he added. The state’s housing policy, which is in the offing, will have a provision for affordable housing on MbPT land.
The MbPT has 1,000 acres of land from Colaba to Wadala on the eastern coast of the city. A government appointed committee has surveyed 721 hectares of land, which has a notified docks operational area, land used for Port Trust roads and railway network and other infrastructure and encroachment areas. There are 24 pockets of slums spread over A, B, E, F/S wards of BMC. The 15,553 hutments have encroached on 153 hectares land. Though the report has proposed to rehabilitate slum dwellers, it has recommended that the housing will not be free for them. Earlier, Mr Gadkari had appointed a MbPT Land Development Committee (MLDC), chaired by MbPT chairman Rani Jadhav, to recommend uses for the land. The committee recommended no permanent housing on the land, but to keep it as an open space for business, as well as leisure activities.
According to the report, “The development includes an international cruise terminal, sea world and aquarium, tourism promotion, amphitheatre, cultural centre, water sports, floating restaurants, promenade, regional parks and gardens, flamingo observatory and bird sanctuary, bioremediation, solar and wind energy, heritage trails, metro, helipad, Bus Rapid Transport System, roll-on-roll-off, cycle tracks, business centre, office spaces and plans to strengthen the fishing industry. It will have housing only to rehabilitate slums and create alternative housing opportunities for existing employees and persons dislocated as per the government policy. No land should be sold for housing.”
However, it seems the Centre has set aside the report by giving in-principle nod to the Maharashtra government to develop the land. When asked about the recommendations, housing minister Mehta expressed his inability to speak on the issue.
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The revamp of thousands of residential structures stuck because the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) lacks a redevelopment policy is set to get a state push. The Maharashtra government has initiated talks with the MbPT on the issue.

At present, 1,300 residential structures on the port land from Colaba to Wadala are in a dilapidated condition. However, the redevelopment is stuck as the MbPT does not give no-objection certificates (NOC) to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) or the builders, thanks to the absence of a revamp policy.

“As the land is owned by the MPT, we need their NOC for redeveloping the structures. Now that we have our own government at the Centre, the matter will be solved soon,” said Ravindra Waikar, state minister for housing.

The body owns a total of 1,800 acres of land in the eastern seafront. More than 1.50 lakh people live in the 1,300 MbPT buildings. These are mainly cessed structures, whose maintenance is taken care of by the Mhada repair board. In case of dangerous structures, Mhada issues notices to the residents and shifts them to transit camps.

According to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, Narendra Rane, the transit accommodations have become a permanent homes for many who have shifted. “These transit accommodations are mainly in suburbs. The bad conditions of these transit homes have dissuaded many from leaving their dilapidated houses,” said Rane. “Till the MbPT frames a policy, there is no hope for the residents.”

The MbPT, which is controlled by the central government, still has no redevelopment policy. For years, the residents have been deprived of shifting to bigger houses in new structures owing to the absence of this policy.

350 acres for low-cost houses:
1) The MbPT land stretches from Colaba to Wadala in the island city

2) The body owns 1,800 acres of prime land in the island city

3) After most of the port activities shifted to Nhava Sheva, business at MbPT slowed down considerably

4) The state government has asked for 350 acres of MbPT land for creating low-cost houses

5) Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari had appointed a MbPT land development committee to recommend the usage of this area

6) The committee has suggested building various recreational structures such as international cruise terminal, cultural centre, water sports activities, floating restaurants and bird sanctuary, among others, on this land.
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The Mumbai Port Trust's (MbPT) international cruise terminal, which has been functioning from a cargo terminal converted to handle cruise ships, will finally get a fullfledged terminal with all passenger amenities including duty free shops after authorities gave the go-ahead for its development.

The current terminal is located near the Naval dockyard and entry to it is via the Green Gate. Roofed with asbestos sheets, the building is in a shambles. Door handles are broken, the floor is damaged in places and tourists can only see the dirt-covered roof from cruise ships.

On a recent visit to this terminal building, Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed shock at the state of the building. A tourist who visited the terminal recently said there was only one duty free shop, which he found wanting in variety of merchandise.

Mumbai Port Trust chairperson Ravi Parmar said, "We will upgrade and refurbish the terminal, as it is the first thing tourists see when they come to Mumbai. It leaves a negative impression about the city. We will change the interiors and exteriors, have better signage, toilets, waiting rooms, souvenir shops."

He added that a consultant will be appointed and tenders will be floated by year-end. The entire refurbishment project will cost Rs 60 crore.

Parmar said that there are 30 to 50 movements of luxury cruise liners to Mumbai in a year. Though the cruise liner terminal is a loss-making proposition, it needs to be developed as it would create a better image for the city.

Former MbPT chairperson Rahul Asthana said, "It will be really good in terms of tourism, but the draft is deep where the terminal is located. This will be at the expense of cargo ships, from which the port trust gets most of its revenue. On the other hand, the Green Gate provides entry to Ballard Estate and tourists can enjoy the heritage precincts along with a new terminal."

The MbPT is also coming up with a new terminal with a signature building for inland passengers near Ferry Wharf. This project will cost Rs 140 crore and will provide facilities for navigation to various places in Raigad district and to the Elephanta Caves.
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Port land on the Eastern seaboard, instead of being used for low cost slum redevelopment housing should have been auctioned off to developers who could use the land to construct ultra high end office space, residences and a vibrant business and entertainment district, like Chicago, Marina bay Fishermans Wharf etc.
A small portion of this (on the inland side) could've been used for government housing quarters.
Most of the residential buildings on the port lands are extremely old chawls (some nearly hundred years old) rundown and dilapidated due to lack of repair.
It would make more sense to use the proceeds to buy land at places in the distant suburbs and construct good quality low cost housing for the dishoused. This along with some cash (probably more than Rs 50 Lakhs each.) and better connectivity with the suburbs would be incentive enough for the residents to move there.
In all probability once these buildings are constructed and allotted, the original allottees will sell them off for huge profits, and move off to the distant suburbs. The city will then be stuck with low rise, low cost buildings dotting the sea faces, at places where they could have taken the highest benefit of lower height restrictions.
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Port land on the Eastern seaboard, instead of being used for low cost slum redevelopment housing should have been auctioned off to developers who could use the land to construct ultra high end office space, residences and a vibrant business and entertainment district, like Chicago, Marina bay Fishermans Wharf etc.
A small portion of this (on the inland side) could've been used for government housing quarters.
Most of the residential buildings on the port lands are extremely old chawls (some nearly hundred years old) rundown and dilapidated due to lack of repair.
It would make more sense to use the proceeds to buy land at places in the distant suburbs and construct good quality low cost housing for the dishoused. This along with some cash (probably more than Rs 50 Lakhs each.) and better connectivity with the suburbs would be incentive enough for the residents to move there.
In all probability once these buildings are constructed and allotted, the original allottees will sell them off for huge profits, and move off to the distant suburbs. The city will then be stuck with low rise, low cost buildings dotting the sea faces, at places where they could have taken the highest benefit of lower height restrictions.
Don't worry that's exactly what will happen. Have faith in gadkari. He cannot donate prime property to slummies. He will make it a five star district and maybe earn a hefty commission out of it.
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