Mumbaikars, the wait is finally over ! The much awaited dream project of Shripriya Dalmia Thirani is soon going to touch the coast of Mumbai – a floating restaurant is going to be built close to Chowpatty beach. This won’t just fulfill her dreams but of the millions in Mumbai who have harboured a similar wish.
Apart from dining, the ones visiting the restaurant will have a brilliant experience of the sea. Ships can sail from Chowpatty to Nariman Point. Passengers will be picked up from certain points of Mumbai’s coastline and taken on board the ship for an “unparalleled dining session coupled with a cruise that would allow people to see the city from the water”. I know you’re tempted to hear this !
Shripriya is very much excited and enthusiastic about this upcoming project. She said, “I am glad that the Mumbai Port Trust has decided to open up iconic water areas off Girgaum Chowpatty, Gateway of India and Ferry Wharf for setting up floating restaurants. It was needed and will now place Mumbai alongside places like the French Riviera or Monte Carlo where people eat on restaurants over the water and experience unparalleled views of the city. Indians no longer need to travel outside anymore for such an incredible experience. I have won the rights to operate between Chowpatty and Nariman Point and hope to roll out the ship with the restaurants by the end of 2017 or early 2018.”
There would be an attractive multi-deck boat which will host the themed restaurants. With different heights in the vessel, all the decks and tables can boast 360 degree views of the breath-taking Mumbai’s historical skyline and the Arabian Sea – spectacular in the day and just as magnificent in the night. The overall plan includes among other things, building a world-class cruise terminal, new waterway projects, a 500-room floating hotel to be anchored off the Raj Bhavan coast, 3-4 floating restaurants, a Ferris Wheel on the lines of London Eye and marinas and jetties to promote intra-city water transport in Mumbai. All this seems very much interesting. This would definitely top the list of tourist attractions in Mumbai.
There are certain guidelines which state that people won’t be allowed to stay on board overnight. Shripriya also hasn’t received the permission to run a casino. The ship will be docked in Chowpatty – a few miles into the sea. Diners will be taken on small boats giving them a real feel of sailing on the sea. The vessel will have state of the art safety features to ensure highest level of security for thr diners and will also be pollution free. Shripriya wants to make this clear that this isn’t just for the rich and famous but also for Mumbai’s middle class families. The sea is theirs and so will be the ship !
The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) has been keen to turn the city’s eastern coastline into a recreation spot. MbPT said in its tender document “The floating hotel may be operational for eight months a year”.
So, Mumbaikars it’s just a few months of wait before you’re all set to get a dining experience on the sea ! Stay tuned and I’ll update you with more details.