- The trial run will be held in the first week of October. The project, which has been under consideration for three decades, will now come true.
- Objective is to connect the sea route with Mumbai to meet the road traffic in Mumbai
A survey of the water taxi service on the Mumbai-Navi Mumbai sea route has been started and is expected to start from next October. The Mumbai Port Trust has not yet fixed the fee for this water taxi, but it is estimated that Rs 300 will be charged per tourist. The cost is much higher than a second-class ticket on a local train. Second-class tickets from Navi Mumbai to Suburban Railway cost Rs 15 and first class tickets cost Rs 150. Although the rate of water taxis is much higher than that of railways, the cost is lower compared to private vehicles and cabs and travel will be more convenient, sources said.
The long-awaited water vane issue is now likely to be resolved and the long-awaited project is likely to materialize. The Maharashtra Maritime Board has started a survey of water taxis from the cruise terminal to Belapur and its trial run will be taken in the first week of October. The plan to connect Navi Mumbai with Mumbai by waterway has been going on for the last three decades. However, due to many setbacks, the project continued to falter. Amit Saini, chief executive officer of the Maharashtra Maritime Board, said the scheme was being implemented with the objective of connecting the sea route with Mumbai to meet the road traffic in Mumbai. Discussions are currently underway with the chairman of the Port Trust to start a water taxi. (Image is symbolic)