The state has cleared the decks to promote the Manori-Gorai-Uttan belt as a tourism zone. After the idea was first mooted, MMRDA was appointed as a special planning authority (SPA) in 2004, replaced by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation in 2007 and redesignated as SPA in 2008. It will continue to sanction all building plans in the region.
What this means is the seafront of this sleepy, predominantly East Indian Christian, 18km-long enclave will be made accessible to the public by a 5km coastal road restricted to the beach area. It will give an impetus to tourism by allowing resorts and tourist activities in green zones as well.
“The road will be on the lines of Marine Drive-the sea, road and then habitation. This is to ensure that the public has an unrestricted access to the seafront,” said Uma Adusumalli, MMRDA officer in charge of the area’s development plan.
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