Back in July (click here to read report) we told you that Mumbai was planning to emulate Delhi in setting up an international standard F1 track in the city. Seems like it was not just hearsay and the government is actually serious about setting up the facility. The latest news about the new track is that MSRDC (Maharashtra State Road Development Corporations) has appointed the consortium to create the masterplan and business case for the new track which is currently zeroing on to locations suited for the setup. The consortium is also analysing the related infrastructural development needs for these sites.
Capita Symonds, the consortium for the project, has stated that it is working closely with the FIA as well as FIM, which are F1’s and motorcycle sports’ governing bodies to ensure that the setup meets all the requirements for the events. After finalizing the suitable locations for the facility, the consortium will analyze the business case along with the social and environmental feasibility of the project.
“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.”
If all goes well, the work on the new project may get underway in 2012. A brand new motorsports facility will then take shape in Mumbai, and put India even more strongly on the world motorsports map. We wish, hope and pray that this vision turn into a reality soon.