Mumbai: The Maharashtra Film, Stage and Cultural Development Corporation Limited (MFSCDCL), which operates Mumbai Filmcity, earned Rs 7.55 crore from visitors as entry fee and Rs 9.29 lakh fine from trespassers in the last five years, a PTI report stated

The Filmcity, built during the Maharashtra government in 1977, officially called the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari, is an integrated studio complex with around 42 outdoor shooting locations.

From April 2014 to May 2019, over 2.93 lakh people visited the sprawling 520-acre premises, located at Aarey Colony in Goregaon, enabling MFSCDCL to earn Rs 7.55 crore, reported PTI.

Indian nationals have to pay Rs 600, foreigners Rs 3,000 and students Rs 350 to visit the state-run facility.

Besides, the corporation charges Rs 750 per individual for trespassing and collected Rs 9.29 lakh as fine for the same between April 2014 and June 2019.

The data also showed that the number of visitors per month increased in the last few years.

An average of 2,000 people visited the Filmcity per month in 2014-15, 4,269 per month in 2015-16 and 8,775 people toured the facility every month from January to May this year.

Filmcity's vice president Amarjeet Mishra said the facility would attain world-class status once its makeover plan, with a proposed budget of Rs 2,600 crore is implemented.

"The corporation floated a global tender in July 2018 for its makeover. But so far, no bidders have turned up. We are sorting out hindrances in the bidding process and are hopeful of turning this facility into a premium tourist spot," he said.

The makeover plan includes setting more indoor studios and outdoor locations, a museum, theme parks, better post-production facilities, food courts, hotels and an amphitheatre, among other things, he added.