In its Regional Plan during 1996-2011 government of Maharastra planned to develop Manori-Gorai-Uttan area (MGU) of Mumbai as Recreation and Tourism Development Zone (RTDZ). Following this, the Government of Maharashtra vide Notification dated 24th August, 2004, appointed MMRDA as “Special Planning Authority”  for this purpose.
Accordingly, it had also notified 10,000 acres in the Gorai-Manori area to be destinated to this project. The plan will affect six villages including Manori, Gorai, Uttan, Dongri, Tarodi, Chowk and parts of Morva.
Earlier, the area was marked as no-development zone.
The Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) located in Mumbai has objectioning this project. They complained to the Chief Minister, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) commissioner and the principal secretary of the state urban development department saying that the policy is 'flawed'. The plan envisages converting land that is now labeled as Preservation Zone and NDZ land into "Green zone". According to them "The terminology green zone is misleading as this zone has building potential" and that converting the land is aimed at creating "farmhouses for the wealthy"  The plan has been severely criticized also by the local residents, who have put up black flags int he villages in sign of protest . More than 40,000 people in the area depend on farming and fishing for their livelihood. Villagers run small weekend resorts, and do some petty jobs for their livelihood. Up to now, there is no major commercial exploitation of the land. According to the villagers the proposed tourism hub will severely affect the thousands of people on their means of livelihood; they are also worried about a bridge between Marve and Manori, stating that it will increase the influx of people. Most of them are solely depending on farming, fishing and salt cultivation for their livelihood, which will be put in danger byturism industry .
Mobilizers also pint out that the MMRDA's plan does not leave adequate buffer around existing lakes and flood zones.