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PM to launch water taxi service in Mumbai from January

PM to launch water taxi service in Mumbai from January

Official sources said that PM Narendra Modi would inaugurate the much-delayed taxi water service from Mumbai mainland to Navi Mumbai during his visit here in the first week of January.

The PM will also start a chemical terminal at Mumbai Port Trust that has been operational since October 2021 and perform the ground-breaking ceremony for another chemical terminal at the port.

The water taxi service, which will cut commute time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, was planted three decades ago. Over the last many years, it was taken up seriously as part of the Centre's inland waterways push.

Three agencies include One central and two state agencies, the Mumbai Port Trust, Maharashtra Maritime Board, and CIDCO, are working in tandem on the project.

MbPT has constructed the Domestic Cruise Terminal at Ferry Wharf in Mumbai, and CIDCO is finishing the terminals at Nerul and Belapur in Navi Mumbai.

The water taxi service will transport commuters between Mumbai and the two Navi Mumbai jetties, including a stop at JNPT. Another service will go between Mumbai JNPT and Rewas of the Raigad area. However, the fare is not for daily commuters.

The service has been passed over to private operators. The fare will be calculated at Rs 45 per min per passenger. The chart from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai is expected to be around Rs 1,200 and 1,500 per passenger. In contrast, the fare to JNPT is expected to be Rs 750, said Sohel Kazani of Infinity Harbour Services LLP, one of the operator's water taxi services.

The company plans to run from 8 am to 8 pm 330 days a year. The service will be stopped during the monsoon.

Kazani said.

"At present, we have four boats, including one 50-seater, a 40-seater, a 32-seater, and a 14-seater. Each can travel at a speed of up to 25 knots. The government has allotted us routes includes Domestic Cruise Terminal to Rewas, Karanjade, International Cruise Terminal to Elephanta, Dharamtar, DCT to Khanderi islands and JNPT and Domestic Cruise Terminal to Belapur, Nerul, Vashi and Airoli and DCT,"

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Jetty is yet to be built at Airoli and Vashi.

Kazani said

"Our boats will take less than 30 min from DCT to Navi Mumbai, whereas by taxi it takes between 75 minutes to 105 minutes,"

For last-mile connectivity for the commuter, Kazani said there would be pool cabs at various places like JNPT, CST, Nariman Point, Gateway of India, DCT, Dockyard, Belapur, Nerul, and Churchgate. They would charge a minimum fare of Rs 20 to 30 per passenger on a share-a-cab basis. Tickets can be booked online on, and seats will have to be booked a day in advance.

The city earlier had a motorboat service connecting Gateway of India with Navi Mumbai and Girgaum Chowpatty with Juhu.

Aashim Mongia of West Coast Marine Co, who has also got a license to operate the service, said,

"We got three routes DCT to Rewas Karanja, DCT to Kanhoji Angre Islands, and DCT to JNPT, Belapur, and Nerul. We have three vessels and can carry about 12 to 20 persons. For Mumbai, we will charge Rs 800 per person, and it will take 20 minutes from DCT, and for Mumbai - Belapur, we will charge Rs 1,100 per passenger will take 35 minutes. We have also applied for license to ply on the DCT Nerul path. The journey will take 30 minutes, and the fare will be Rs 1,000 per passenger."

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