The water taxi services aim to provide hassle-free connectivity between South Mumbai and Navi Mumbai from the domestic Ferry Wharf cruise terminal and the Belapur and Nerul terminals.
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Mumbai is poised for a new transportation solution as water taxi services will begin in the city in January 2022, according to a recent report. Scheduled for some time now, the water taxi services aim to provide hassle-free connectivity between South Mumbai and Navi Mumbai from the domestic Ferry Wharf cruise terminal and the Belapur and Nerul terminals. The report further states that the routes have been allocated by the government, including the international cruise terminal to Elephanta, the domestic cruise terminal (DCT) to Rewas, Dharamtar, Karanjade, the domestic cruise terminal to Belapur, Nerul, Airoli, Vashi, Khanderi and Jawaharlal Islands. Port of Nehru (JNPT), to various operators.
DCT to JNPT would be one of the most sought after routes given the high influx of commuters from Navi Mumbai to the south, which is a major commercial district in the city. Water taxis should help ease the load on local train services, especially the Harbor Line. At present, there are no other transportation options between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai apart from road and rail.
The report says water taxi services could start as early as the first week of January 2022 and will have three operators to start. A fourth operator is expected to join within 2-3 months. As for the tariff, the report suggests that the tariffs for the domestic cruise terminal at Navi Mumbai will be between 1,200 and 1,500 per passenger. Meanwhile, the fare for JNPT will be around 750.
Water taxis will take around 30 minutes to complete a single trip, significantly reducing the travel time between the section of approximately 30 km. Water taxi services will be operational all year round, except in the event of heavy rains. In addition, the plan is to increase the frequency between morning and evening.
Source: Indian express