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Mumbai Port organizes dock makeover design contest

Government-owned Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) organised a Design Charette for “Re-imagine and beautify Mumbai Docks and Waterfront on 30th July 2017 at Port House. Objective of charrette was to get fresh ideas from Architects, Students, Landscape expert, Artist, Environmentalist to make the Port area more vibrant, functional and aesthetically pleasing.

 Prior to the charette a site visit of Mumbai Dock area was arranged. The visiting participants were pleasingly amazed about the activities of Mumbai Port. In all 42 participants attended the charette. 9 groups were formed and they were asked to select the themes for the Dock Beautification on their own. In the charette, each team presented their idea before the Chairman, MbPT.

 The participants gave innovative ideas for reinventing the Port area. The proposals include wall painting and murals, waterfront development, skywalks illumination system green pocket conservation of heritage buildings, lighthouses. Shri Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman appreciated the efforts taken by the participants and while thanking them assured that their ideas will be further developed and will be implemented at the earliest.


Mumbai Port Trust’s waterfront stretches from Sewree to Indira Dock. The dock area of 140 ha from Orange Gate to Indira Dock is ripe for redevelopment to beautify the docks area in line with the new uses being considered.

 Princes and Victoria Docks built in 1888 and Indira Dock built in 1914 served the Mumbai Port Trust well through to the end of the 20thcentury. With ships getting bigger and with deeper draughts, traffic has moved across the harbour to JNPT which has greater depths. The role of the docks of Mumbai Port has now changed to break bulk cargo, export of cars and recently as a home port and port of call for cruise ships. 

 The Princes Dock is being considered for creation of a marina, commuter water transport is a priority.Similarly, the Victoria Dock has a heritage clock tower and waterfront tower. Not to be left behind, Indira Dock needs a new cruise terminal with tourist facilities for cruise ship passengers.


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