Water taxis to be part of Mumbai transportation soon

New Delhi, Apr 07 (PTI):
Mumbai’s public transportation system is set to get a major boost with water taxis on 12 routes by May and RoPax ferries on four routes to be operational by December 2021, Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Wednesday. The development follows launch of a roll-on roll-off (RoRo) cum passenger ferry service, also called ‘RoPax’, between Mumbai and Mandwa near Alibaug last year which saw one lakh passengers in 20 weeks besides transportation of 20,000 vehicles. “After successful operation of Mandawa RoPax service that reduced the journey time between Mumbai and Mandawa from three hours to 45 minutes, we are going to operate RoPax service on four more routes by December 2021,” Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister Mandaviya told PTI.
Mandaviya said RoPax services, to be launched by December 2021, will be on Mumbai-Nerul, Mumbai-Karanja, Mumbai-Mora and Mumbai-Rewas routes.
These when operational will significantly reduce travel time from Mumbai, he said.
Citing example, the minister said presently Mumbai to Rewas distance by road is 70 km which takes 1.3 hours and after launch of the RoPax service the distance between both the places will be barely three km via water transport and Rewas could be reached in 15 minutes. He said similarly water taxi services will be launched on 12 routes including from Domestic Cruise Terminal in Mumbai to Nerul, Belapur, Vashi, Airoli, Rewas, Karanja, Dharanmtar, Kanhoji Angre Island and Thane.
In addition, other water taxi routes will be Belapur to Thane and Gateway of India and Vashi to Thane and Gateway of India.

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