If Mumbai Port Trust’s (MbPT) revised plan for development of the eastern waterfront are accepted, one may soon see a small vertical city in Cotton Green area in the Central Mumbai. In the 51-ha space, MbPT has proposed a “hi-tech city” for offices and commercial establishments and a Central and state government office complex.
MbPT has submitted a revised plan to the town planning department of the Maharashtra government which lays more emphasis on vertical growth. Of the total land available with MbPT, only 253.62ha will be opened up for development and gross FSI of 2 for 253ha will be loaded only on the 51-ha land. There will also be residential blocks in the area.
However, such high-intensity commercial development may face opposition from the environmentalists and the activists. Its also strange that MbPT itself is promoting highrises near the port while in the past it had opposed such buildings due to security concerns.
As per the revised plan submitted to the town planning department of the Maharashtra government by the MbPT, of the 966ha under its purview, only 253.62ha will be opened up for development and 558ha hectares of the area will continue with the existing port-related activities. Further, there will be no change in the commercial activities in Ballard Estate and Elphinstone Estate, fishing activities in Sassoon Docks, port-related activities in Mallet Bunder, and the petroleum godowns will not be opened for development.
Cotton Green is a suburb in Mumbai near Parel which has now become a well known posh commercial hub due to development of erstwhile mill land. The area is also very close to Dadar and Worli, other commercial hubs in Mumbai. In the past, the area had series of warehouses to store cotton and also a cotton exchange.