Travellers living in the commercial capital of India have always been luckier, thanks to the presence of numerous amazing places to visit around Mumbai. The good news is that the city is soon going to be home to plenty of activities for travellers within the city itself.
What’s the buzz?
According to report by Travel Biz Monitor, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and Water Resources has just announced the launch of several projects that are targeted towards making Mumbai and its port areas major tourist attractions. In fact, what comes across a good news already, the Minister has already launched the city’s first large format floating restaurants. Christened as the Queensline See Yeah and Queensline Neverland, each of these floating restaurants will come with the capacity to carry as many as 400 diners at a time.
Apart from these interesting restaurants, the other projects that have been announced by Gadkari include the country’s longest ropeway which will cover a distance of 8 km over the Arabian Sea, from Sewri in South Mumbai to Elephanta Island.
What should you know?
In order to attract more foreign tourists, the Mumbai Port Trust is looking to replicate popular tourist hotspots around the world, including Interlaken in Switzerland, and Singapore. Some of the major development plans of Mumbai’s waterfront area include the initiation of global level entertainment facilities for tourists like Ro-pax, Skating rink, events bay, seaside amphitheatre, and seaside terminal at the Marina Dock.
However, in order to reduce the pressure on the city’s traffic due to the inflow of tourists, Nitin Gadkari has announced the launch of water taxis that will ply between the new Navi Mumbai airport and the domestic cruise terminal.
What’s our take?
While developing new and innovating things for tourists is a good thing that the government is doing in Mumbai, it is great to see that Gadkari is also aware of the negative impacts of tourist pressure on the city. However, we feel that more things should be done in Mumbai keeping the domestic traveller in mind.