October rains play spoilsport in floatel reopening
The October showers that the city witnessed, did not only affect Diwali shopping and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) road repair works, but it has also delayed the reopening of the city’s first floating hotel, popularly known as floatel, post-monsoon by almost a month.
The floatel, anchored off the Arabian Sea near Bandra-Worli Sea Link, was shut owing to monsoons starting June, and was to be reopened in the last week of September. However, due to climatic conditions, it was pushed by a month to October 27.
Satish Soni, Joint Managing Director of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), confirmed that the re-opening of the floatel was delayed.
Chetan Bhende, Managing Director, WB International Consultants, told DNA, “According to our earlier plans, we were to reopen in the last week of September but due rainfall we couldn’t. Considering the boat is an open-to-sky deck the furniture can get wet in case of rainfall. We didn’t take a chance and are now going to reopen on October 27.”
Bhende added, “So far we have got a good response and are getting a decent footfall every day.”
The floatel was inaugurated earlier this year by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and is a joint venture (JV) between the MTDC, …read more