To boost tourism, Mumbai gets its first water taxi services

 Friday, February 18, 2022 


On Thursday, the much-awaited water taxi services, that will connect the twin cities, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, was officially started by the Union Shipping Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, in the presence of Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray. It was the first of its kind in India.

The water taxi will only take about 30 minutes of travel time.

Also, the water taxis will connect other places like the Elephanta Island, Belapur, Nerul, and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. This water taxi service will decrease travel time by 3 hours. Travellers can visit the Gateway of India with the help of this water taxi service. The Belapur Jetty was constructed for a cost of INR 8.37 crore and was funded under the Sagarmala scheme of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, in the 50-50 model. Sonowal explained that the Sagarmala Programme has helped in the growth and expansion of several projects, like modernisation of ports, rail, road, cruise tourism, RORO, and more.

From the Domestic Cruise Terminal (DCT) to Belapur, the water taxi service will will cost you INR 1210, and vice versa. If you are travelling from DCT to Dharamtar, it will cost you INR 2000, and will take 55 minutes of travel time. From DCT to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust you can travel in 20 minutes, and it will cost you INR 200.

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