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To cut costs, MbPT to rework marina project

The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) is reworking the project to bring down cost.

To make its plan of opening up some of its land to the public — by way of a marina — attractive for bidders, the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) is reworking the project to bring down cost.

MbPT chairman Rajeev Gupta said, “We are holding pre-bid meetings. We had a meeting in which we received inputs from prospective bidders. We have got feedback that initially, there was a lot of onus on the bidder.”

The plan is to lease out land at Frere Basin and Carke Basin at Mazgaon on a waterfront area of 45,000 sq m and a land area of 9,900 sq m for creating and operating a harbour for luxury boats, yachts and catamarans. The lease period would be 30 years, officials said.

The floating portion of the marina will have adequate berthing facilities and a main walkway to accommodate vessels. The developed area on-shore will have a reception, lounge, vehicular parking space, restrooms and wireless internet access besides dry storage, fuel tank, shore fueling, a boat launch facility and sheltered boat storage.

In October last year, MbPT had floated a tender to lease out land for a marina that would also be developed as a tourist destination.

The Port Trust had earlier estimated the cost of development of facilities for the marina would be around Rs 50 crore for providing offshore and on-shore infrastructure and a tentative minimum upfront payment for the lease of the waterfront area at Rs 46.5 a sq m a month and for land Rs 93 per sq m a month. The MbPT had pegged the total project cost, including the minimum upfront fee, at nearly Rs 60 crore..

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