Kharagpur, March 4: The Indian Institute of Technology here has been roped in to help conceptualise and design a Rs 700-crore “floating city” off Sagar island at the mouth of the Ganga delta.
The institute’s department of ocean engineering and naval architecture signed a memorandum of understanding with Modular Consultants, the main advisers for Sahara India in the project, on February 28, consenting to be a “technical adviser” in the tourism venture.
“The floating city will cover 300 square km at the confluence of the sea and the Matla river off Sagar in several units, each with a particular facility on it,” said a senior professor of the department, N.R. Mondal.
The floating units will have a super luxury hotel, shopping complexes, speciality restaurants, tennis courts, swimming pools and even a hospital.
Sahara intends to complete the project by 2005.
“We will have to study key features of the area, including tides, cyclone patterns and disaster management, and keep an eye on the fragile ecology of the region while implementing the project,” said Mondal.
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