From January 2022, the much-awaited Mumbai water taxi services are set to begin. They will provide connectivity between the Domestic Cruise Terminal at Ferry Wharf and the terminals at Belapur and Nerul.
The road infrastructure in major cities is overburdened due to ever-increasing vehicles. There is an urgent need for alternative transport mechanism.
The taxi services will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the first week of January 2022.
The government has allocated several routes to taxi operators. They will be soon opened foe public. These routes include:
International Cruise Terminal to Elephanta
Domestic Cruise Terminal (DCT) to Rewas
Karanjade, Dharamtar, DCT to Belapur, Nerul, Vashi, Airoli, Khanderi Islands and JNPT
Cost of operation
At the present conditions, the prices have been kept high as the cost of operation will be higher. As service expands then prices can be rationalized.
The fares from DCT to Navi Mumbai will be between Rs 1,200 and 1,500 per passenger. The fare to JNPT can be around Rs 750.
The fare from DCT in Mumbai to JNPT and Navi Mumbai will be from Rs 800 to Rs 1,100. As more jetties are developed, more passengers will make use of the service.
Duration of travel
DCT to Navi Mumbai will be a 30 minute ride. DCT to JNPT will take 15 to 20. This is way less than the usual duration on road taxis.
The taxi services can operate from 300 to 330 days in a year and will not run in extremely heavy rains during the monsoon season.
Majority of traffic is expected during the morning and evening hours. There are plans of building more jetties in the city.
The Sagarmala project
It is an initiative to realize potential of India’s waterways. Measures will be take to utilize India's 7,517 km long coastline, 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways for faster movement of goods and services.