City to see power­boat race off Marine Drive NOT THE FIRST TIME

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Manasi Phadke manasi.phadke@hin­dus­tan­

With an aim to bring the city and its vast water­front un­der the global spotlight, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)led Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment is or­gan­is­ing an in­ter­na­tional power­boat race (also known as P1 rac­ing) in the Ara­bian Sea off the Marine Drive prom­e­nade. It is col­lab­o­rat­ing with a sport­ing events firm Pro­cam In­ter­na­tional In­dia.

The event is sched­uled to be held from March 3 to March 5, 2017.

“This is the big­gest ad­ven­ture sports on water. The best speed­boats from over the world will par­tic­i­pate in the race. The rac­ing track will be in the sea off the Marine Drive prom­e­nade be­tween the Na­ri­man Point land’s end and Gir­gaum chow­patty, so that peo­ple can gather at the prom­e­nade to watch,” a se­nior of­fi­cial from the state tourism de­part­ment said.

While Marine Drive will not be en­tirely closed to traf­fic dur­ing the event be­cause the main ac­tion is in the sea, there will be traf­fic re­stric­tions for a few hours dur­ing the event. The event can be viewed from the prom­e­nade free of cost, the of­fi­cial said.

The state tourism de­part­ment, which is co­or­di­nat­ing the event, plans to mar­ket Mum­bai as a tourist des­ti­na­tion. All through­out the du­ra­tion of the race, the gov­ern­ment is look­ing for Mum­bai-spe­cific brand­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“There will be a buoy in­stalled in the water with a graphic de­pict­ing Mum­bai. The event will also be tele­cast live across the world, bring­ing Mum­bai and its water­front, especially Marine Drive, in the spotlight,” the tourism de­part­ment of­fi­cial said.

Mum­bai res­i­dents are not new to this kind of power­boat rac­ing event. A sim­i­lar race was held in 2004 at the same lo­ca­tion with 12 in­ter­na­tional teams.

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