Initially, four operators will be given permission to operate water taxis. Speed boats will be used as taxis.
Water taxi service will start from February 17.
Water taxi service is going to start very soon in the financial capital Mumbai. Water taxi service is being started on 17 February. It will connect Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. This service will be launched in the presence of Union Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. After the start of this service, the travel time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai will reduce significantly. The plan to introduce water taxi between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai was three decades old but now it has come to fruition. The Modi government has emphasized on the waterways program. Mumbai Port Trust, Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) and CIDCO have worked together on this project.
Three routes have been finalized for water taxi. The first route is between the Domestic Cruise Terminal in South Mumbai and Belapur in Navi Mumbai. The second route is between Belapur and Elephanta Caves and the third route is between Belapur and JNPT (Jawahar Lal Nehru Port). Later water taxis will be connected to places like Mandawa, Rewas, Karanja.
Four operators will get permission to operate water taxi
An official of the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) said that initially four operators will be given permission to operate water taxis. Speed boats will be used as taxis. There will be movement of people only with the help of speed boat. Catamarans will be used for luggage. Regarding the rent, it was said that it is going to be quite tough.
Journey will be completed in half the time
An operator is currently charging Rs 290 for catamarans between DCT and Belapur. Monthly pass is of 12 thousand rupees. With the help of catamarans, this journey can be completed in 40-50 minutes. Speed boat fares can range between Rs 800-1200. This fare will be between DCT to Belapur and the distance between the two can be covered in 25-30 minutes. Once the water service starts, the journey of 1.5 hours will be completed in 45 minutes.
Plan to start water service on 12 routes
Earlier in April 2020, the then Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had said that water taxis would be operated on 12 routes. At that time the names of Nerul, Belapur, Vasi, Arauli, Rewas, Karanja, Dharamtar, Kanhouji and Thane came in the discussion from the Domestic Cruise Terminal.