Next gen water taxis to take you from Mumbai to Vashi in just 40 minutes

Next gen water taxis to take you from Mumbai to Vashi in just 40 minutes

The world is well aware of Mumbai’s terrible traffic condition. Considering this, the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) is gearing up to introduce water taxi services from Mumbai’s domestic cruise terminal (DCT) at the Princess Dock in Mazgaon from November for the convenience of its residents.

Initially the water taxi service will be available from South Mumbai to Belapur, Vashi, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Navi Mumbai and Manwa. These water taxis will reduce the journey time by road from 1.5 hours to 40 minutes. However, the trust has not finalised an operator yet. Because of this, service charges and other crucial details are not yet determined.

With water taxis, people would be able to reach Navi Mumbai in about 30-40 minutes instead of one and half hours by road. In February 2020, the MbPT started roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) services from south Mumbai to Alibaug. The service was an instant hit among daily passengers. As per Ro-Ro service operator’s data, (between August 20 and the first week of September), nearly 5000 passengers, 1200 cars, 270 two-wheelers and cyclists used the ferry.

History of Mumbai’s waterway transportation

It’s been nearly 30 years that Mumbai has been planning to use its waterways for transportation purposes. Back in 1996, a few private firms had collaborated to launch a hovercraft service in Mumbai. Even in that time, the craft with the capacity for 50 people was air-conditioned. It would transport commuters from Juhu to Girgaum Chowpatty beach in 40 minutes.

The hovercraft service used to run five times in a day while the Belapur-Chowpatty service would run just one time in the whole day; a one-way ticket would cost INR 100 per person. Unfortunately, the services stopped in 1998 after the project suffered from huge financial losses.

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