Goa Government is planning to introduce 'water taxis' (i.e. fast solar energy-operated hybrid ferry boats) in its inland waterways between Panaji and Old Goa. This announcement was made while tabling the performance budget of the River Navigation department (RND) for the financial year 2019-2020.
Goa’s RND has a fleet of 34 ferry boats which cater to different inland routes, connecting islands to the mainstream areas. It is also planning to upgrade existing ferry ramps and jetties and provide better facilities on all the ferry routes. Techno-feasibility study of these facilities has been completed and actual construction (of jetties) will start later this year. Sagarmala project of Central government also has funded reconstruction of nine jetties in Goa.
It is the flagship programme of the Ministry of Shipping to promote port-led development in the country by exploiting India's 7,500 km long coastline, 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways and its strategic location on key international maritime trade routes.