In what may come as a respite to many Mumbaikars, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to inaugurate a water taxi service from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai next month. By Karan Kaushik
According to a news report published in The Indian Express, the prime minister will do the honours in the first week of January. The report also suggests that a chemical terminal at the Mumbai port Trust will also be inaugurated.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming water taxi service in Mumbai
People of the maximum city had been waiting for the water taxi service for a while now. The water taxi is expected to reduce the commute time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai in a significant manner. It’s also interesting to note that the government has been contemplating the idea of starting a water taxi service between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai for over three decades now. It was only a few years ago, that the service was included in the central government’s inland waterways initiative.
The ambitious project is a result of the hard work and dedication of the Mumbai Port Trust, Maharashtra Maritime Board, and CIDCO. The Domestic Cruise Terminal at Mumbai’s Ferry Wharf has been made by the Mumbai Port Trust, while the terminals at Belapur and Nerul are being constructed by CIDCO.
As part of the water taxi service, commuters travelling to Navi Mumbai will be dropped at the two Navi Mumbai jetties, and the journey will include a stop at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). There will be a similar service for those who want to travel to Raigad district’s Rewas from Mumbai.
Proposed water taxi routes with approx time. pic.twitter.com/tTK1VfvpeD
— Navi Mumbai City (@NaviMumbaiCity) September 27, 2021
As far as the fare is concerned, be ready to shell out anything between INR 1200 and INR 1500 per passenger. They will be calculating the fare at the rate of INR 45 per minute per passenger. If you wish to travel till JNPT, it will cost you around INR 750 per passenger.
The water taxi will begin its operation from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. However, the operators plan to suspend the service during the monsoon season. Pool cab services will also be set up at places like Churchgate, CST, Nariman Point, Gateway of India, Nerul, DCT, Dockyard, Belapur, and JNPT to facilitate last-mile connectivity for commuters. You will be able to hire these on a shareable basis for INR 20 to INR 30 per passenger.
To book tickets for the water taxi service, visit watertaximumbai.com. Please note that you will have to book your seats a day in advance.