Water Taxi Service In Mumbai

Mumbai's much-anticipated Water Taxi Services are expected to begin in January 2022.
Abhinaya M

Updated: Jan 03, 2022 02:47:35 pm

03 January 2022 Current Affairs:Mumbai's much-anticipated Water Taxi Services are expected to begin in January 2022.

Highlights:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to launch the water taxi service in the first week of January 2022. There are three operators available right now. 
  • After their catamaran is certified fit, the fourth operator will join. Following Nitin Gadkari's appointment as Shipping Minister, work on the Water Taxi Services project was accelerated.
  • The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), Maharashtra Maritime Board, and City & Industrial Development Corporation have collaborated on the Water Taxi Service project (CIDCO).
Mumbai Water Transport Project
  • This service will most likely connect the Domestic Cruise Terminal at Ferry Wharf with the terminals in Belapur and Nerul.
  • Several operators have been given the following routes: 
  • International Cruise Terminal to Elephanta Domestic Cruise Terminal (DCT) to Karanjade, Rewas, and Dharamtar.
  • DCT to Belapur, Vashi, Nerul, Airoli, Khanderi Islands & JNPT 
  • The most important route will be DCT to JNPT and Navi Mumbai.
Fares And Time
  • DTC to Navi Mumbai fares will range from Rs 1200 to 1500 per passenger, while DTC to JNPT fares will be around Rs 750. 
  • At the moment, the fares are extremely high. Once operators have a large catamaran, rates will be reduced.
  • The ferry from DCT to Navi Mumbai will take 30 minutes, and the ferry from DCT to JNPT will take 15-20 minutes. 
  • These services are available for 300 to 330 days out of the year. It will not, however, function in extremely heavy rains.
  • Previously, the Gateway of India was connected to Navi Mumbai by catamaran, and Girgaum to Juhu by catamaran. 
  • However, the services were terminated in 1994. The Mumbai-Mandwa route is currently served by speedboats, catamarans, and launches.
  • It is also launched to connect Mumbai to Uran, Rewas, Mora, Mandwa, and Elephanta Caves via launches.
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