Soon, Mumbaikars will be able to dine on the ocean, in the backdrop of the iconic Bandra-Worli sea link, with the glitzy Bandra reclamation skyline for the view. The city’s first floating hotel is to be opened to the public this month. The floatel, being started by a private company, will be accessible from the left-most lane of the north-bound carriageway of the sea link, from near the toll booth.
“All clearances are in place, we have also got the liquor licence. The Bandra jetty of the Mumbai Maritime Board has been spruced up. The floatel should ideally be inaugurated in the coming week,” said a senior Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation official. MTDC has been assisting the WB International Consultants in starting the floatel, especially by facilitating the clearances. The official said while the government had not made any financial investment in the venture, the corporation would get 11 per cent share of the profit from it as per the agreement.
The vessel has been anchored near the Bandra-Worli sea link since mid-February as the state government was initially planning to inaugurate the floatel during the Make in India Week. “We couldn’t start the floatel then as the approach road needed some improvements,” the official said.
The floatel, a 3-tier yacht with an open-to-sky lounge, restaurants and a banquet hall, will be able to accommodate 650-700 guests. It will be the first floating hotel in Maharashtra. Several states such as Goa, Kerala, West Bengal and Bihar have introduced floatels.
“We have received informal inquiries for more floatels. We are in talks over them,” said the official.