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A new marine research centre, world-class aquarium and an exhibition centre will soon come up in place of the Worli Dairy land that is spread across an area of 14.5 acres in Mumbai. As per reports, the Maharashtra govt will issue a public notification under the MRTP Act 37 (1), to invite objections and suggestions regarding the same.
Under the project, 11 acres of the complex will be used for the construction of the aforementioned facilities while the remaining areas will remain under the authority of the dairy commissioner's office. As per authorities, this huge piece of land is underutilised, which is why the dairy will be relocated to Kurla and new developments will take place here.
State to hand over redevelopment project to BMC or Tourism Department
As per the new plan moved by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the authorising agency of the dairy land has agreed to undergo the redevelopment programme. Once the final call for changes in the land reservation takes place, the state will either task the BMC or the Tourism Department to run and execute the plan.
The Worli Dairy was set up in 1961 at a cost of ₹4 crores. Around ₹80 lakhs for this project was sanctioned by UNICEF. Over the years, several builders and developers have shown interest to redevelop the dairy land, for its great monetary potential. The sprawling land crowns the Worli sea face, holding a prime location that can harness an immense output in the real estate business.
As such, the government is believed to have considered the land for raising the metro project, like the 25-acre plot counterpart in Kurla which is presently under MMRDA's commercial control. The land, which previously housed a Mother Dairy complex, is under the state's Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries. Going by reports, this land will also be revived and revamped by the MMRDA, which will also hold a new residential building for the Worli Dairy staff.