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According to the chairman of one of India’s oldest ports, Sanjay Bhatia, “Many projects are in different stages of development and nearing completion. Works of around Rs 250-300 crore will be opened before the onset of the monsoon.”

From the perspective of cargo handling, the port reduced container traffic to the JNPT situated across the harbour, and is now focusing only on dealing with clean cargo. However, it continues to stay one of the largest land owners in the congested metropolitan. It is undertaking many projects with the aim to benefit the residents and sectors like tourism, travel and hospitality.

Projects that are to be completed also include initiating the ropax ship, that will help ferry both motor vehicles and passengers, from Mumbai to Mandwa, for which a separate break water and jetty is being developed. Moreover, a ferry service will also be made operational that would link South Mumbai with Belapur in Navi Mumbai and enhancement of the waterfront at Princess Dock will be done.

In addition, the inauguration of a domestic cruise terminal having restaurants will be handling the cruise service between MUmbai and Goa. The cruise service will be starting soon.

Upcoming projects would comprise of the installation of water taxis towards the eastern waterfront. This would include 1 floating restaurant at Marine Drive and 2 at the Gateway of India. This will help in strengthening the potential of tourism. also, a ferry service will kick off at Kanhoji Angre island in Khanderi.

The port is ready for setting up Rs 3090-crore project of International Cruise Terminal on January 11. It will take around 18 months to finish the entire project that will bring up the calls at our cruise by other global countries.

A jetty is also planned to be introduced at marine Drive by MbPT. This will help to introduce water sport activities and seaplane services off the western coastline of the megapolis.

Furthermore, the plan to induct a modern marina, that can greet the smaller-but-exquisite yachts is also underway. Increasing the facility for citizens may kick off before the arrival of monsoon.

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