On Thursday, the Union Shipping and Ports Minister Nitin Gadkari said the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) will create the world’s largest garden. The world’s largest garden will be built in Mumbai by reclaiming land. Nitin said, “The Mumbai Port Trust will be reclaiming 350 hectares to create the world’s largest garden in Mumbai.” Nitin spoke about his plans for the world’s largest garden after the inauguration of the Rs. 300 crore International Cruise Terminal in Mumbai.
Nitin stated the world’s largest garden proposal is already a part of Mumbai’s development plan. He also requested Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to make use of his special privileges to clear it. Nitin said it is necessary to accord the status of the Special Planning Authority (SPA) to the MbPT. The accord needs to be done in order to carry out a slew of citizen centric activities as a part of the Eastern Waterfront project.
During the inauguration, Fadnavis declared his Government will grant status to the MbPT. The MbPT Chairman Sanjay Bhatia in a statement said the proposed garden will be spread over 300 acres and will be bigger than Hyde Park in London. It will require 80 hectares or around 200 acres of land reclamation. The reclamation will be carried out after the environmental clearances are received. Sanjay claimed the project will not have any adverse environmental impact.
Sanjay further added the reclamation will be carried off Haji Bunder near Sewri, where the garden will be built. The proposal is already a part of the development plan prepared by the Mumbai Civic Body. Nitin said the MbPT is carrying out works of over Rs. 10,000 crores for the benefit of the local community and the trade.
The MbPT is one of the oldest ports in India. MbPT is the biggest landowner in Mumbai and efforts are underway to create open spaces in Mumbai using the land under its control as part of the Eastern Seafront Project.