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Mumbai to get RoPax ferries on 4 routes, water taxis on 12 by Dec
By TOG News service
Apr 08, 2021

TOG NEWS SERVICE, NEW DELHI, APR 08, 2021: MUMBAI'S public transportation system is set to get a big boost as the government plans to operationalise four new routes for RoPax ferries and 12 routes of water taxis by December, 2021.

Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister Mr Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday chaired a meeting to review the Urban Water Transportation projects for Mumbai, with senior officials of the ministry, Chairperson of Mumbai Port and officials of Maharashtra Maritime Board present.

"To promote eco-friendly waterways transportation and reduce the traffic load of crowded Mumbai city roads, four new routes for RoPaxferry services and 12 new routes of water taxi are planned to be operational by December, 2021," said the statement.

The development follows the successful launch of a roll-on roll-off (RoRo) for freight cum passenger ferry service, also called RoPax, from Bhaucha Dhakka terminal in Mumbai to Mandwain Alibaug. The route reduced the 3-4 hour road journey of about 110 km to about an hour's journey of 18 km by waterways.

"After the huge benefits being reaped of this ferry service, similar services are planned to be operational at various other routes in Mumbai," said the ministry.

The new RoPax routes will connect Mumbai to Nerul, Karanja and Mora and Karanja-Rewas, significantly reducing the travel time.

The water taxi routes will be launched from the Domestic Cruise Terminal (DCT) in Mumbai to Nerul, Belapur, Vashi, Airoli, Rewas, Karanja, Dharamtar and Kanhoji Angre Island. The other four routes are Belapur to Thane and Gateway of India, and Vashi to Thane and Gateway of India.

The new services will result in a "pollution-free, peaceful and time-saving journey" said the ministry, while reducing the travel cost and carbon footprint significantly.It would also cater for the requirements of increasing number of tourists and commuters at various stretches of Mumbai city.