In my travels to Mumbai I spend most of my time around the sea – Marine Drive, Chowpatty, Juhu, Nariman Point, Elephanta Caves, transit to Essel World. The intricate relationship that Mumbai shares with the sea is beyond words!! So, when I heard the news about the first ever FLOATING RESTAURANT in MUMBAI, I was thrilled.
Shripriya Dalmia Thirani is coming up with the first-ever floating restaurant of Mumbai. She has won the much-touted bid to have a floating restaurant close to Mumbai’s world famous Chowpatty beach. The ship will sail from Chowpatty to Nariman Point. Interestingly, the restaurants that 37-year old Thirani is now working on, will be on-board a large vessel which will be docked a few miles into the sea off Chowpatty. Passengers will be picked up from the stated points of Mumbai’s coastline and taken on board the ship for an “unparalleled dining session coupled with a cruise that would allow people to see the city from the water”.
Thirani spent most of her childhood holidays in Mumbai at her grandmother’s house and always harbored a dream to watch the city from the top of a large ship parked on the Arabian Sea. She now says that winning the bid will help her fulfill that dream – not just hers but the millions in Mumbai who have harbored a similar wish.
Mumbai is one of India’s most visited tourism hubs that welcome over 55 million domestic visitors and 5.10 million international visitors annually. Over 15 million people inhabit the city. Mumbai is also home to over 500 restaurants offering different cuisines. However even though the city has a massive coastline, it does not have a single restaurant on the sea.
Thirani said “I am thrilled that the Mumbai Port Trust has decided to open up iconic water areas off Girgaum Chowpatty, Gateway of India and Ferry Wharf for setting up floating restaurants. It was needed and will now place Mumbai alongside places like the French Riviera or Monte Carlo where people eat on restaurants over the water and experience unparalleled views of the city”.
She added “Indians will not have to travel outside anymore for such an incredible experience. I have won the rights to operate between Chowpatty and Nariman Point and hope to roll out the ship with the restaurants by the end of 2017 or early 2018”. The tender allows Thirani to run as many restaurants she wants on the ship and host events on board.
She said “the tender is clear that people won’t be allowed to stay on board overnight and also does not give us permission to run a casino. The ship will docked in Chowpatty – a few miles into the sea. Diners will be taken on small boats giving them a real feel of sailing on the sea. The vessel will have state of the art safety features to ensure highest level of security for our diners and will also be pollution free. I want to make one thing clear – this isn’t just for the rich and famous but also for Mumbai’s middle class families. The sea is theirs and so will be my ship”.
Thirty-seven-year-old Shripriya Dalmia Thirani has won the much touted bid to have a floating restaurant close to Mumbai’s world famous Chowpatty beach.
“We propose new rules to experiential dining. An attractive multi-deck boat will host our themed restaurants. With different heights in the vessel, all the decks and tables can boast 360 degree views of the breath-taking Mumbai historical skyline and the Arabian Sea – spectacular in the day and just as magnificent in the night,” she adds. The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) has been keen to turn the city’s eastern coastline into a recreation spot. MbPT said in its tender document “The floating hotel may be operational for eight months a year”.
The overall plan includes among other things, building a world-class cruise terminal, new waterways projects, a 500-room floating hotel to be anchored off the Raj Bhavan coast, 3-4 floating restaurants, a Ferris Wheel on the lines of London Eye and marinas and jetties to promote intra-city water transport in Mumbai.