MUMBAI: A citizens' group has demanded the inclusion of Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) land in the development plan released by the civic authority.
A Port Lane Initiative (Apli), a group of urban planners, architects and activists, has taken up the issue of integrating surplus port land with the city.
Admiral I C Rao of the Mumbai Docklands Regeneration Forum said, "Apli Mumbai members had attended municipal corporation A, B and E ward-level meetings in August 2014 to discuss the new plan. At each meeting we mentioned that even at this stage port land should be treated as part of the city for purposes of planning for the next 20 years. The additional 1000 acres will change the very face of Mumbai and may be the single greatest factor in the DP 2014-34."
He said that the new draft development plan 2014-34 does not mention even the existence of the port in Mumbai even once. Instead, it targets the hapless Aarey Colony, one of the last few green patches in Mumbai for commercialization.
The group has demanded a special meeting to discuss how the land can be integrated with the DP.
A land development committee under Rani Jadhav, set up by Union minister for shipping and ports Nitin Gadkari, has submitted a report of the plan to commercially exploit around 400 hectares of the 710-hectare MbPT land.
The plan envisions an world class promenade, a marina, a floating hotel and restaurant, water sports, jetties and a Ferris Wheel on the lines of the London Eye along the 28km coastline. The land houses docks, warehouses, oil installations, tenant property, a scrap yard and encroachments.