The state government of Maharashtra wants to promote the Manori-Gorai-Uttan belt as a tourism zone. After the idea was first mooted, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) was appointed as a special planning authority (SPA) in 2004, replaced by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation in 2007 and redesignated as SPA in 2008. It will continue to sanction all building plans in the region.
A 18km-long enclave will be made accessible to the public by a 5km coastal road restricted to the beach area. It will allegedly give an impetus to tourism by allowing resorts and tourist activities in green zones as well. The proposed Manori – Marve sea link is going to be constructed between Manori and Marve on Manori creek.
According to an article on the Times of India, Uma Adusumalli, MMRDA officer in charge of the area's development plan, declared: "The road will be on the lines of Marine Drive-the sea, road and then habitation. This is to ensure that the public has an unrestricted access to the seafront".
But for this road, the government will acquire land from private land owners.
Notwithstanding protests from locals, the bridge connecting Madh-Marve to Manori will be constructed along with another bridge near the now closed Gorai dumping ground to the other side of Gorai.
Up to now, there are no road connections between these two points i.e. Manori Marve. Ferry services are the only mode of connections between these two points. If the proposed bridge constructed, it will cut travel time to half hour and access Marve will be much easier .
Following the announcement of construction, about 800 villagers from 10 villages across the Gorai-Uttan belt held public rallies to protest against the proposed Manori-Marve sea link. Many environmentalist groups and social movements from elsewhere joined the rally and expressed their solidarity . Thousands of protestors assembled on Gorai Church grounds on 26th Nov. 2009 to protest against the proposed sea link. The region is densely populated (about 1, 25,000 people) and rich in culture and natural resources. So any developmental project will severely affect many people and their livelihood.
National Convention on SEZ extended its support to the movement . According to the protestors the proposed bridge will destroy marine life and the living for the local people, while many local people are solely depended on fishing for their livelihood.
In 2006, the Dharavi Bet Bachao Sangharsh Samiti opposed the Pan India Paryatan Ltd SEZ and stopped the project. Now they are united again and determined to oppose this plan as well.