A girl from Delhi has won the rights to set up Mumbai’s first restaurant on the sea.

Mumbai, Wednesday, 19th April, 17:

It takes dreams to reach to the highest mark in our lives and for a reality check it surely happens for some people like thirty-seven-year-old Shripriya Dalmia Thirani who has won the much touted bid to have a floating restaurant close to Mumbai’s world famous Chowpatty beach. That is something very inspiring and brave to dream this big and feel it happening in real very soon.

Shripriya Dalmia Thirani with her husband Mridul who are doing the project .
Shripriya Dalmia Thirani with her husband Mridul who are doing the project .

Thirani had spent most of her childhood holidays in Mumbai at her grandmother’s house as a result a dream had build up to watch the city from the top of a large ship parked on the Arabian Sea which is actually not just her dream only but millions in Mumbai who have harboured a similar wish definitely sometime in their lives at least once.

The add on interesting news is that the tenders allows even ships to sail from Chowpatty to Nariman Point. The restaurants that Thirani is now working on, will be on-board a large vessel which will be docked a few miles into the sea off Chowpatty giving a magnificient view. There will be service provided to Passengers to be picked 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”. Imagining such a sight in itself is so wonderful indeed .

Talking about Mumbai city and its connection with tourism well it attracts over 55 million domestic visitors and 5.10 million international visitors annually which undoubtedly displays the interests of people who visit Mumbai so much as they love the feel there. The population is close to 15 million people in the city and over 500 restaurants are offering different cuisines. However even though the city has a massive coastline, it does not have a single restaurant on the sea which is something to think about in such a charming mega city in the country and world ofcourse. 

Moving ahead 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”. The kind of vision Thirani has is surely going to open eyes and have jaw drops all over the city when the project hits out in full pace. Surely moving ahead she feels and says “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 too .

According to her “the tender is clear that people won’t be allowed to stay on board overnight and will not run a casino. The ship will be docked in Chowpatty – a few miles into the sea which will ease of everything around. Diners will be taken on small boats giving them a real feel of sailing on the sea and enjoy the windy magic too . The vessel will have state of the art safety features to ensure highest level of security for our diners and be pollution free. Thirani says that everything that she dreams 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”. She has that beautiful and lifestyle improving wise thoughts for everyone indeed.

 Thirani’s has fond love for the city of Mumbai. She says “I remember from the time I was four years old, how I would visit my grandmother ever holiday. She stayed in Prabha Devi – opposite the beach. We as children would hide, climb a small gate on the boundary of the house and play on the beach all day. This project is my gift to Mumbai”. 

She shares her thoughts saying that additional services and plans will be incorporated in the project like experiential dining with attractive multi-deck boat to host themed restaurants. With different heights in the vessel, all the decks and tables will give a 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 so perfect totally,” 

The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) is all praise worthy as it helps in supporting the glamour and spark for the eastern coastline for everyone to have a time to remember.

MbPT said in its tender document officially that  “The floating hotel may be operational for eight months a year”. Which is great news to give a boost of support to something very new in the City. Finally the overall plan includes  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. Isn’t that enough reasons to rejoice and make a trip to Mumbai and witness history been made when the project is in full functional mode.