If financial and legal aspects permit, Mumbaikars will soon be treated to an entertainment park in Gorai along the lines of the world famous London Eye. State tourism corporation is currently working on a plan to develop the project.
Conceptualised to be over 1.5 times larger than London Eye, the project is expected to cost Rs4,000 crore, as per Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) officials.
At 135 metres, London Eye is the world's largest cantilevered observation wheel, giving a 360-degree panoramic view of the city up to 40 km. The wheel consists of 32 capsules, with heating and cooling system and bench seating, apart from some other basic amenities.
Also, besides the common capsules, travellers can have their own space in the form of private and cupid's capsules. Champagne, wine and chocolate lovers can indulge their passion sitting in these themed capsules.
"The project in Gorai is in the planning stages. We have plans to implement it on the PPP model, as the project requires huge investment. But the problem is locals from the area have filed litigations," said Jagdish Patil, MD, MTDC. The locals are against the project as they are apprehensive that it will mean destruction of their green zones.
"The locals are not allowing our officials to even go and conduct a survey of the area so that we can know the environmentally sensitive areas or which are the areas that can be touched for the project," added Patil.
MTDC sources said the project will consist of a large entertainment park comprising a hotel, resorts, restaurants, shops and other recreation spots.
"As per the plan, the capsules will be designed such that an entire family or a group of friends can spend adventurous and quality time the whole day," said a senior MTDC official.