Everyone knows how bad the Mumbai traffic is. Keeping this in mind, the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) is set to introduce water taxis services. This will be from Mumbai’s domestic cruise terminal (DCT) at the Princess Dock in Mazgaon from November.
So, for now, the water taxis service will be available from South Mumbai to Belapur, Vashi, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Navi Mumbai and Manwa. With this service the journey will reduce by road from 1.5 hours to 40 minutes. However, no operator is final for now by the trust.
With the new service, people will be able to reach Navi Mumbai in about 30-40 minutes. In February 2020, the MbPT began the roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) services from south Mumbai to Alibaug.
Since 30 years, Mumbai has been planning to use its waterways for transportation purposes. In 1996, a few private firms had collaborated to launch a hovercraft service in Mumbai. Also, the craft with the capacity for 50 people was air-conditioned. This used to transport commuters from Juhu to Girgaum Chowpatty beach in 40 minutes.
Also, the hovercraft service used to run five times in a day. The Belapur-Chowpatty service would run just one time in the whole day. The services came to stop in 1998 due to huge financial losses.
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