The long-awaited water taxi service between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai shall be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi within the first week of January, official sources stated. The service, which was first deliberate three a long time in the past, will reduce commute time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. It was taken up critically over the previous couple of years as a part of the Centre’s inland waterways initiative and the Mumbai Port Belief, Maharashtra Maritime Board and CIDCO labored in synergy for the undertaking. The metropolis earlier had a hovercraft service connecting Gateway of India with Navi Mumbai and Girgaum Chowpatty with Juhu.
News18 takes a take a look at what the brand new service presents, logistics and particulars:
What are the brand new routes?
The federal government has allotted routes equivalent to Worldwide Cruise Terminal to Elephanta, Home Cruise Terminal (DCT) to Rewas, Karanjade, Dharamtar, DCT to Belapur, Nerul, Vashi, Airoli, Khanderi Islands and Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), to varied operators. The operators say that DCT to JNPT, and later Navi Mumbai, would be the most sought-after route. At current, there aren’t any infrastructure services at Vashi and Airoli.
How did work for water taxi and catamaran terminal begin?
The undertaking obtained a push after Nitin Gadkari assumed cost as Delivery Minister. The Mumbai Port Belief constructed the DCT and CIDCO began constructing the terminals in Navi Mumbai. The Maharashtra Maritime Board charted the routes. The MbPT additionally constructed a concrete jetty at Khanderi Islands.
How a lot will it’s important to pay?
In keeping with an operator, the fares from DCT to Navi Mumbai shall be between Rs 1,200 and 1,500 per passenger whereas the fare to JNPT could be round Rs 750. One other stated that the fare from DCT in Mumbai to JNPT and Navi Mumbai shall be from Rs 800 to Rs 1,100.
How lengthy will a water taxi take to achieve Navi Mumbai?
In keeping with the operators, will probably be a 30-minute ferry from DCT to Navi Mumbai and 15 to twenty minutes from DCT to JNPT. Companies are additionally not more likely to function in extraordinarily heavy rains.
When did Mumbai and Navi Mumbai final have sea transport?
The Gateway of India was linked to Navi Mumbai and Girgaum was linked to Juhu by catamaran until the providers had been shut down in 1994. At current, there are speedboats, launches, catamarans that run on the Mumbai-Mandwa route and launches that join Mumbai with Uran, Mora, Rewas, Mandwa and Elephanta Caves. In addition to, there are diesel launches that join Madh Island and Versova, Borivali and Gorai-Esselworld and Marve-Manori, the Indian Specific reported.