The financial capital of Mumbai is preparing to acquire a new transport solution with the entry into service of state-of-the-art water taxi services.
The services would be officially launched in January by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the exact dates are being finalized. The project is a joint initiative of the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) and the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB).
Infinity Harbor Services LLP and West Coast Marine will be the two service operators.
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From Mumbai, the two points for services would be the International Cruise Terminal at Ballard Pier and the Domestic Cruise Terminal (DCT) at Ferry Wharf. The government is working on various routes from DCT to Nerul, Belapur, Vashi, Airoli, Rewas, Karanja, Dharamtar, Kanhoji Angre Island and Thane.
Another route connects TIC to Elephanta Island, which is a tourist site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It will also provide an alternative mode of travel for commuters traveling between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, in addition to road and rail. Water taxis will take around 30 minutes to complete a single trip, significantly reducing the travel time between Mumbai and its satellite commune.
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