Travel across Mumbai in water taxis, ferries from December | Mumbai News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Water taxis and RoPax ferries will soon be a part of Mumbai’s public transportation system.
The shipping and waterway ministry on Wednesday said that water taxis would be introduced on 12 routes and RoPax ferry services would be launched on four routes by December. The ministry said that these services will help reduce traffic congestion on roads.

The 12 water taxi routes include eight links from the domestic cruise terminal to Nerul, Belapur, Airoli, Vashi, Rewas, Karanja, Dharamtar and Kanhoji Angre Island. The other four routes are Belapur to Thane and Gateway of India, and Vashi to Thane and Gateway of India. The ministery said that three new RoPax services will be from Ferry Wharf to Nerul, Mora and Rewas, and one from Karanja to Rewas.
Currently, roll-on and roll-off passenger (RoPax) service from Bhaucha Dhakka (Ferry Wharf) to Mandwa (Alibaug) is operational and this has reduced the 110km road travel to about 18 km by using waterways. The ministry said using the RoPax services, people can cover this stretch in just one hour, instead of the earlier 3-4 hours.
“After the huge benefits being reaped of this ferry service, similar services are planned to be made operational at various other routes in Mumbai,” the ministry said.
Ministry officials said after the recent success of Hazira to Goga Ropax ferry service in Gujarat, there is an increased focus on this segment of accelerating inland waterway and coastal ferry services to transport passengers and vehicles.
The announcements from the ministry came after shipping minister Mansukh Mandaviya chaired a review meeting on the urban water transportation projects for Mumbai with officials, including chief of Mumbai Port and officials of Maharashtra Maritime Board.

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