Mr. Sanjeev K. Agarwal is Chief Engineer, Marine and the founder Director – Operations and Business Development of SSR Marine services Pvt. Ltd. As the company’s Director – Techno-marketing, he is responsible for deploying the Company’s strategic vision and developing business alliances as well as building the management team.
In an exclusive Interview with India Unbound Magazine he wants to spread a message to the people that they don`t have to go anywhere out for the experience of floating restaurant as it is now at Mumbai too, it is for them and they are always welcome if they feel any changes to be done so their advice is always welcome.
How this idea of floating restaurant in Mumbai came in your mind?
-Basically, I am a Mariner. In Abroad, you get to see these type of floating restaurants. By seeing the concept of floating restaurant in Goa, I thought why it could not be in Mumbai, so I started it in Mumbai. It took time to take all the required permission but with the blessings of all we could start this concept.
Do you have any experience to run a restaurant before beginning of the floating restaurant?
-We have a Global company which has a great experience of Hospitality Business, so we are working with them.
When you have started and what kind of difficulties you faced?
-It was a new concept, it took some time to get all the required permission but the govt agencies were very supportive and we got all the legal permissions, so we are here now.
When you proposed this idea to Government , what kind of response you got from State Government and Government of India?
-Government was good, they were positive about it, Maharashtra Maritime Board also supported us. As we all know the central ministry of shipping & govt of Maharashtra both are pursuing for coastal tours, recently We discussed on coastal tourism with the Union Transport minister. We are promoting costal tourism on a big platform. Both the govt are very helpful & I am thankful that this govt took an initiative towards coastal tourism.
Who appreciated your idea of floating restaurant from the ministry & different authorities?
-Whoever came acrosws they were happy with this idea. It was inaugurated by tourist minister JayKumar Raval. He also organised events for the awareness of the floating restaurant in Mumbai. All minster and MLA`s were present in that event and they all appreciated this concept.
Union Transport minister Nitin Gadkari is very supportive in these kind innovative ideas, what is your experience towards him?
-He is known as the flyovers man because of his work in constructing roads, expressways and flyovers. He is also taking a great initiative towards coastal tourism. he says that we need to improve waterways in the country to cut down the cost of logistics, which will boost the economy and tourism sector. To cut down on the logistics’ cost, we will have to push for water transportation. Therefore, developing the 7,500-km-long coastline as a corridor for goods and passenger traffic will be a boost to our economy. my experience was great with him he is very active and supportive.
CM Devendra Fadnavis is also a very pro active in the matter of Mumbai & Maharashtra development what was his response and contribution?
-He is very supportive and gave us all the permission which was required to start the floating restaurant in Mumbai.
Brief us something about the floating restaurant?
-It is an extravagant cruise, elegantly sailing on the coastline of Mumbai, skirting the waves along the shores of Bandra. Experience the soothing ocean breeze, as you witness the marine landscapes of Mumbai City, with unique sights and moments, such as passing below the Bandra Worli Sea Link, under an open deck. Get great views of the coastline of the city, while sipping on a drink or grabbing some grub, and see the horizon while you are at it. You are in for the joyride of a lifetime, with a never before seen maritime experience of Mumbai.
What is the capacity of the floating restaurant?
-The total capacity of the ship is 285.
How will you attract to the tourist from India or abroad towards floating restaurant Mumbai?
-We are working with different marketing agencies, Social media. We recently organised an event on Sa Re Ga Ma. We do a lot of advertisement so that people will get aware & attracted towards our floating restaurant.
I believe it is the first floating restaurant in Mumbai, is there any special dish introduced by your team?
-Yes, we are planning for some more innovative ideas & why only we lot of people should come into this business so that we can attract the tourist towards the floating restaurant in Mumbai
What is the difference in Mumbai & Goa floating restaurant?
-For the experience of floating restaurant, people don`t have to go Goa or abroad because now they are getting the experience in Mumbai itself. But we can`t compare Goa and Mumbai floating restaurant as they have a different concept and we have something new and unique concept and the tourist are very satisfied by our service.
How is the business here? Are you satisfied with the response?
-Yes, I am satisfied with the response. As we have just started, I can`t brief on the economic & commercial feasibility. It is not the right time to measure the economic in such a short span but our main asset is that the customers are satisfied by our service.
What type of celebration can be hosted in your ship?
-All type of legal celebrations are hosted here such as birthday, seminar, marriages &press conference.
Is there anything else you can tell us about yourself. your career or the profession that would be interesting or helpful to others aspiring to enter and succeed in the floating restaurant business?
-In India there is a land of opportunity, People those who are looking at our business their perception about us is changed, Now even they are interested and want to come into this business and our govt is also very helpful in these kind of innovative things. I would like to spread a message that everyone should start such kind of innovative business they will get the required support by the government.
What message would you like to give to the Mumbaikars?
-I would like to invite all the citizens of Mumbai at the floating restaurant. it is for you all to come and enjoy the experience of the floating restaurant in Mumbai too. if they feel any changes to be done so their advice is always welcome.
What message would you like to share for your competitors who are looking to come into this business?
-I wish them Good luck and welcome them as my competitors. if any kind of support and advice they require I am always there with them. Let more people come in this business and we will grow together.
Breath taking one of a lifetime journey with Mumbai Maiden
Mumbai Maiden is an extravagant cruise, elegantly sailing on the coastline of Mumbai. Skirting the waves along the shores of Bandra. Experience the soothing ocean breeze, as you withness the marine landscapes of Mumbai City with unique sights and moments. Such as passing below the Bandra Worli Sea Link. Under an open deck. Get great views of the coastline of the city. While sipping on a drink or grabbing some grub and see the horizon while you are at it. You are in for the joyride of a lifetime with a never before seen maritime experience of Mumbai.
Mumbai Maiden is brought to you by SSR Marine Services. An India based ISO 9001:2008 organization, located at Thane/ Mumbai.
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Ark Deck & Bar City’s First On The Sea Lounge Opened
We informed you about a Delhi woman’s bids being chosen to built Mumbai’s first on the Sea Restaurant, the said upcoming restaurant will not be up until the end of 2018. It is being planned to be based from the coastline from Gateway of India. But seems like it will after all not be the very first on the sea restaurant as Ark Deck & Bar is opening by the end of 2017 or at the most by the first week of January.
While, the coastline of Mumbai is one of its most prized possession it has not been provided with any touristic elements. But, opening up on sea lounge is the best remedy to Tourist attraction and putting the coastline to best use along with providing the citizens with a vivid experience. Ark Deck & Bar is the result of joint efforts of Kookie Singh, Samyukkta Singh and Viraj Chandwadkar, which will sail 1.6 KM of the coast from the Bandra Sea Link jetty. Yes, while the one on Sea Restaurant that is in its initial stage will be built at the South side of the coast, this one will be located in the Bandra, thus serving the both ends of the city. Spread over three levels with a seating capacity of 100, it comprises a sit-down restaurant which will be focusing on European Mediterranean food dishes on their menu. Along comes deck bar, private dinning spaces and a few suites. To grab the attention of the citizens on land they will lit up two bright LED lights that will be visible at both ends of the sea link.
Now, hear this – the guests will be ferried to Ark on speedboats and ferries. It will be open seven days a week, from 4 pm onwards. As the owner, Samyukta Singh puts it, “It will be a great space to get a drink, dance with the wind in your hair, cuddle up for a romantic date or even host memorable occasions”. It sounds pretty awesome and we cannot deny it.
About Restuarant: Ark – deck bar is a rooftop pub and lounge located in Bandra West, Bandra. This sea facing restaurant offers an exclusive dining experience to its customers. Not only does Ark – deck bar offer a wide range of scrumptious delicacies from Asian, European and Indian cuisine, it also has a rich nightlife with a DJ and dance floor. This premium restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a night out with a well-stocked bar and outdoor seating area.
Its Features and Amenities
• Air Conditioned
• Serves Alcohol
• Cards Accepted
• Serves Wine
• Dance Floor
• Outdoor Seating
• Roof Top
• Sea Facing
Timing : Sunday – Saturday 5pm to 1.30am
Offer : Complimentary Mocktail per Diner (Cover Charge : Vip Table – Rs. 5250, Redeemable – Rs. 4600, Upper Deck – Rs. 3150, Redeemable – Rs. 2500, Lower Deck – Rs. 2100, Redeemable – Rs. 1500) AI Per Diner)
Wed-Thu : 06:00 PM-11:59 PM
Sun : 06:00 PM-11:59 PM
* 10% Off the Total Bill (Cover Charge : Vip Table – Rs. 5250, Redeemable – Rs. 4600, Upper Deck – Rs. 3150, Redeemable – Rs. 2500, Lower Deck – Rs. 2100, Redeemable – Rs. 1500) AI Per Diner)
Mon-Tue : 06:00 PM-11:59 PM
* Cover Charge : Vip Table – Rs. 5250, Redeemable – Rs. 4600, Upper Deck – Rs. 3150, Redeemable – Rs. 2500, Lower Deck – Rs. 2100, Redeemable – Rs. 1500 AI Per Diner
Fri-Sat : 05:00 PM-11:59 PM
Address: Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Reclamation, Bandra West, Bandra,
For Booking and for further details you can contact:
AB Celestial’ Mumbai’s first floating hotel at the Bandra-Worli Sea link!
One more attraction for Mumbai, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) in partnership with WB International Consultant and AB Hospitality has launched the first of its kind dining floating hotel (floatal) or a cruise boat at the city’s shoreline.
Mumbai’s first and only floatal is named ‘AB Celestial’ is constructed in the United States; it is a three-storied boat with restaurants and a banquet hall. This project was targeted at foreign and domestic tourists as well as food and fun loving Mumbaikar’s. The floatal will have international standard facilities like online booking and comfort system like snacks and dinner and will also showcase Maharashtra’s culture and entertainment.
The floatal will be docked at the Maharashtra Maritime Board’s jetty at Bandra and has a capacity of 660 passengers. It will give a 360 degree view of Mumbai and the Arabian Sea. The ground floor of the floatal will be a 24 hour coffee shop where as the first floor will be banqueting. The second floor will be a high end lounge bar and the open terrace will be the sky lounge and dining.
The floatal was inaugurated on 27th February and was open for public from 15 March to 20 March. The customers was picked up from four different spots in the city coasts by speed boats. A helicopter ferry service is also on the cards. This new attraction of Mumbai is surely going to attract more of tourist and will be new refreshment and outing point for citizens if the coasting fits the pockets. India already has several floatals in places like Kolkata, Goa, Kerala but AB Celestial will be Mumbai’s first.
Worli-Floating hotel, yes you heard it right, it’s the floating hotel it is some thing which is unbelievable but that’s true. The first private floating hotel in the city started operations after it is launched by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. A hotel in which you can enjoy your food in peace having a look of the deep blue sea while having a round of the sea.
Its features and Amenities
• Air Conditioned
• Valet Available
• Serves Alcohol
• Cards Accepted
• Outdoor Seating
• Roof Top
• Sea Facing
Rules and Regulations
* Strictly 21 years of age and above for Celestial Sky
* Children above the age of 12 are permitted in.
* The Celestial Cafe and Banquet accompanied by parents
* Celestail Sky only permit guests with a valid physical copy of a government ID (passport, driving licence, PAN Card)
* Entries are strictly based on reservation only
* Guests will be charged a cover charge on entry
* Dress code : Semi Causal, entries will be refused to anyone in flip flops, shorts.
Timing: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday 6pm to 1.30am / Friday & Saturday 6pm to 3 am.
Address: Near Bandra Worli Sea Link, Bandra Reclamation Dock, Bandra West
For Booking and for further details you can contact: 9819330023/9967715444/9867913388