Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari has expressed a desire to build a tower taller than the historic Burj Khalifa in the financial capital of the country, Mumbai. Not just Burj Khalifa but he also wishes to build a green boulevard that will apparently be bigger that Mumbai’s popular Marine Drive. Gadkari has affirmed that the plan is almost ready and will be implemented once approved by the Cabinet.
“In Mumbai, we are the number one landlord. The iconic Taj Hotel, the Ballard Estate, the Reliance building, we (MbPT) are the owners. There are beautiful plans to develop the huge land with the port. We are not giving our land to the builders and investors. We have plans to develop the area. We are making a green, smart road, three times bigger than the Marine Drive. We plan historic landmark bigger than Burj Khalifa. The plan is ready, we are waiting for the approval from the Cabinet,” Gadkari told PTI.
Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the building in the world. Mumbai Port Trust is one of the biggest public land holders in Mumbai and have been in the business since 1873. The government is also planning to install a statue of the Chhatrapati Shivaji at the Mumbai sea front.
A whopping Rs 3600 crore will reportedly be incurred to install the humoungous statue. A separate committee was also formed by the central government to initiate the makeover plan of Port’s waterfront and land. Maritime museum and marinas are also a part of the grand makeover plan.