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New Delhi: Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (I/C) for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, today chaired a meeting to review the Urban Water Transportation projects for Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Senior Officials of the Ministry, Chairperson of Mumbai Port and officials of Maharashtra Maritime Board and other stakeholders were present in the meeting.
To promote eco-friendly waterways transportation and reduce the traffic load of crowded Mumbai city roads, four new routes for ROPAXferry services and 12 new routes of Water Taxi are planned to be operational by December, 2021, said the ministry.
Currently, ROPAX ((roll-on/roll-off passenger) service from Bhaucha Dhakka(Ferry Wharf) to Mandwa (Alibag)is successfully operating by reducing the road journey of 110 km to about 18 km by using waterways, thereby reducing travel time of daily commuters from about 3-4 hours to merely one hour.
After the huge benefits being reaped of this ferry service, similar services are planned to be operational at various other routes in Mumbai.
For more information about new routes, click here. (PR)