Brand New F1 track planned for Mumbai !


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Maharashtra government seems to be planning to emulate Delhi for setting up an international racetrack, fit for F1 in Mumbai. DNA reports that The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is looking for consultants to take the project forward. Although still in the planning stage, the developments thus far suggest that the body is serious about the plan.

MSRDC has thus far shortlisted two consortiums to study the possibility of creating an F1 circuit in or around Mumbai. While the final location for the F1 track is yet to be decided, the prospective locations are Panvel, Malad, or Thane. One of the shortlisted Consortiums, led by Capita Symonds is said to have constructed as many as 10 tracks, including Silverstone. The other Consortium is Louis Berger.

MSRDC requires at a 400-500acre land in Mumbai to develop the site. Apart from the locations in Panvel and Thane, the Malad plot within Mumbai is with the revenue department and the officials do anticipate any problems in acquiring it.

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Mumbai appoints consortium to plan F1 circuit

A consortium involving the designers of London's  2012 Olympic  Stadium and Silverstone's new layout has won a contract to plan a Formula One circuit in Mumbai , it announced on Monday.

"The venue will be designed and constructed to meet the highest level of Grand Prix standards," said Capita Symonds, Populous and Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS) in a statement.

The consortium has been appointed by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation to prepare "the masterplan and

business case for a new multi-purpose race circuit and regeneration

project in Mumbai."

India  is currently gearing up for the country's first Formula One race this

weekend at the new Buddh International circuit on the outskirts of New



consortium said its initial task was to identify the potential location

for a circuit and associated development in and around Mumbai.

"This will be followed by

the development of a business case and plan that will assess market

demand and the potential opportunities and risks for the sites," it


The consortium said it

would work closely with Formula One's governing body, the FIA, as well

as motorcycling's world body the FIM to ensure the scheme met the

requirements of both for future events.

"Comprehensive analysis

and assessments will be undertaken considering long term financial,

social and environmental viability," added the statement.

"We are committed to

delivering the next generation of racing circuits, with great racing,

overtaking, world class facilities and architecture," commented Capita

Symonds Business Development director Jerry Muscroft.

"But above all the

intention is to create a sustainable venue that will not need continuous

financial support, and will facilitate investment and re-generation."

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I'd say build good roads instead of an extra F1 track. Good roads and infrastructure is what our country needs.   smiley21.gif





I agree to DD. Building F1 track would not add to countries pride if you are going to escort foreigners from the bumpy roads
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