Mumbai Port Trust to free 150 hectares of land for infrastructure project

Mumbai Port Trust is also in the process of appointing an international consultancy to draw up a master plan for developing the land in the next five years


A file photo of the Mumbai Port Trust. Photo: Ashesh Shah/Mint
A file photo of the Mumbai Port Trust. Photo: Ashesh Shah/Mint

Mumbai: Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) plans to free around 150 hectares of land for infrastructure projects and is in the process of appointing an international consultancy to draw up a master plan for developing the land in the next five years.

“We will start developing in one-and-a-half to two years. Some portion of the project would be through public private partnership but majority of it would be developed by us,” said Sanjay Bhatia, managing director MbPT at the two-day National Real Estate Development Council summit held in Mumbai.

Bhatia said an international consultancy would be appointed in the next one month to prepare a master plan. Eight bidders have already come through a global bidding process.

The development would largely be entertainment hubs comprising gardens, restaurants and convention centres.

“Opening up of land for development helps in making a city vibrant.The solution to create affordable housing would be to open more land and improve infrastructure,” said Anuj Puri, chairman and country head at JLL, a global property consultant.

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