Explained: Everything You Need To Know About Mumbai Water Taxi Services

Mumbai’s highly anticipated water taxi services from January 2022 are expected to provide connectivity between Ferry Wharf’s domestic cruise terminal and Belapur and Nerul terminals. Indian express review this project with others.

What are the new routes of the Mumbai River Transport Project?

The government has allocated routes, such as International Cruise Terminal at Elephanta, Domestic Cruise Terminal (DCT) at Rewas, Karanjade, Dharamtar, DCT at Belapur, Nerul, Vashi, Airoli, Khanderi Islands and JNPT, to various operators. Operators say DCT to JNPT, and later Navi Mumbai, will be the most wanted route. At present, there is no infrastructure in Vashi and Airoli.

When will the new water taxi lines begin?

Mumbai Port Trust and state government sources said the water taxi service would likely be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the first week of January 2022. At present, three operators are ready; a fourth could join once their catamaran has been certified as fit within the next two or three months, according to Mumbai Port Trust agents.

When did the work on the water taxis and catamaran terminals start?

Work on the project was speeded up after Nitin Gadkari became Minister of Merchant Marine. The Mumbai Port Trust built the DCT and CIDCO started building the terminals at Navi Mumbai. The Maharashtra Maritime Council has mapped out the routes. The MbPT also built a concrete jetty at the Khanderi Islands.

What will the prices be?

Agents believe that prices are high right now, and prices may be lowered once an operator gets a large catamaran. One operator said the tariffs from DCT to Navi Mumbai would be between Rs 1,200-1,500 per passenger while the fare at JNPT can be around Rs 750. Another said the fare from DCT to Mumbai at JNPT and Navi Mumbai will be Rs 800 to Rs 1,100.

How long will a water taxi take to reach Navi Mumbai?

According to operators, it will be a 30-minute ferry from DCT to Navi Mumbai and 15-20 minutes from DCT to JNPT. MbPT and MMB officials said the services can operate 300 to 330 days a year and will not operate in extremely heavy rains. The frequency should be high in the morning and evening.

What is the status of the west coast water transportation project?

The Mumbai West Coast River Transport Development Project has changed hands and many government agencies like the MSRDC have changed. Currently, MMB is building piers in some places, but little progress has been made over the past two decades.

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When did Mumbai and Navi Mumbai last have sea transport?

The Gateway to India was connected to Navi Mumbai and Girgaum was connected to Juhu by catamaran until services were closed in 1994. At present there are speedboats, speedboats, catamarans which run on the Mumbai-Mandwa road and speedboats that connect Mumbai to Uran Caves, Mora, Rewas, Mandwa and Elephanta. In addition, there are diesel launches that connect Madh Island and Versova, Borivali and Gorai-Esselworld and Marve-Manori.

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