Mumbai will take some time to become Shanghai: Patil

On board Air India One, May 31 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil Monday said Mumbai will take ‘some more time’ to become Shanghai, the metropolis in eastern China which is a flourishing commercial hub and is known for its skyscrapers.

‘We are moving on but then it will take some more time,’ Patil, who returned from her six-day state visit to China, told reporters on board Air India One.

She made the statement in reaction to reporters asking about authorities saying many times that India’s commercial hub Mumbai would be given a modern touch just like Shanghai, which is described as the ‘showpiece’ of the world’s fastest-growing economy.

Shanghai, which has a population of about 20 million, is a tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks as well as its modern and ever-expanding Pudong skyline.

Indian authorities have been claiming that Mumbai, the second largest city on the basis of population at around 14 million, will be another Shanghai, the largest centre of commerce and finance in China.

Patil, who was born in Maharashtra, was earlier a member of the Maharashtra assembly.