Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurates two flotels along with other projects under Mumbai Port Trust

In a recently held ceremony at the Mumbai Port terminal, he said that in the years to come the international tourists will spend ₹30,000 crore in Mumbai.


At an inaugural event organised by Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said that some people object over development projects proposed by the government in the name of the environment. 

While addressing the media at Domestic Cruise Terminal in Mumbai, he informed that there are people who want to stop the development in the name of the environment. “We are pro-environment but people nowadays oppose us in order to run their business in the name of the environment,” Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said. 

After inaugurating the first Mumbai-Goa luxury cruise and Domestic Cruise Terminal on October 20, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launched two floating restaurants along with other MbPT projects.

Development of Eastern Water Front

Focusing on the international tourist gain, MbPT laid the foundation stone for developing the eastern waterfront of the city. Of several segments, two parts of the eastern seafront are already ready for tourists, informed MbPT chairman Sanjay Bhatia. 

Whenever I have visited foreign nations, I have observed that the sea faces in western nations are well developed. The initiative to develop eastern waterfront in Mumbai will attract tourists on the international and national level as well. After all the development projects are implemented, the foreign tourists who will come to Mumbai will spend ₹30,000 crores.” Gadkari narrated. 

Development of Waterways

In order to avoid chaos on the roads, the union minister informed that the government wants to fully utilise the coasts around the city and wants it to be a transit medium. 

In Italy’s Venice, one can go to the airport in a small boat directly from the hotel. Similarly, with the development of the new airport in Navi Mumbai, we plan to introduce water taxis through which people can travel from any part of Mumbai’s coasts to the airport without any ruckus of traffic,” Gadkari said.  

Tender Invitation

MbPT on Saturday announced the invitation regarding tenders for the development of the ropeway from Mumbai to Elephanta caves. This will be the longest ropeway above the sea and India will be the first country to build an eight-kilometre long cable car commute which will connect Mumbai’s Sewree to Elephanta Caves, Bhatia informed. 

In order to develop the eastern waterfront, MbPT has mapped the changes including various amenities such as RoPax facility, Skating Ring, Seaside Restaurants, Public Amphitheatre, and Marina. Meanwhile, MbPT has invited tenders for the same including seaside restaurants, Marina, and country’s first super speciality hospital. The Marina will be stretched on an eight-hectare land which will have the capacity to hold 300 yachts. 

Employment Opportunity

In the coming four years, 900 cruises will come to Mumbai which will provide employment opportunity to 2.5 lakh youth in Maharashtra. Around 115 projects related to infrastructural development which have a budget of ₹2.35 crore are either on an implementation stage or are being initiated in the state. Amid the development work for Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), 1.25 lakh youth will get employment and 80 per cent of the people employed would be from Konkan.  

Along with Nitin Gadkari, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Raj Purohit, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Bala Nandgaonkar, Maharashtra Irrigation Minister Girish Mahajan and others were also present at the event. 

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