The congested Mumbai city will have a sigh of relief when the waterways
ministry implements four sea routs for ROPAX ferry services and 12 routes for
Water Taxis by the end of this year.
Shipping Minister Manuskh Mandaviya, chaired a meeting to review the Urban
Water Transportation projects for Mumbai, Maharashtra. Senior Officials of the
Ministry, Chairperson of Mumbai Port and officials of Maharashtra Maritime
Board and other stakeholders were present in the meeting.
Currently, ROPAX ((roll-on/roll-off passenger) service from Bhaucha
Dhakka(Ferry Wharf) to Mandwa (Alibag)is successfully operating by reducing the
road journey of 110 kmto about 18 km by using waterways, thereby reducing
travel time of daily commuters from about 3-4 hours to merely one hour. After
the huge benefits being reaped of this ferry service, similar services are
planned to be operational at various other routes in Mumbai.
Opening up of 4 new
routes to prove a big boon for daily commuters of Mumbai
Opening up of 4 new routes of ROPAX Ferries and 12 routes of Water taxis is
going to prove a big boon for daily commuters of Mumbai. It will result in a
pollution-free, peaceful and time-saving journey as well as reduce the travel
cost and carbon footprint significantly. It would also cater for the
requirements of increasing number of tourists and commuters at various
stretches of Mumbai city.
Mr Mandaviya, said operationalization of new waterways routes is a big step
towards the government's vision on of harnessing waterways and integrating them
with the economic development of the country. It will open up new opportunities
and avenues to create an ecosystem and network of such ROPAX services and Water
Taxi services at numerous other routes in all coastal states.