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.
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.
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.
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.
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.