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India’s first water taxi service inaugurated in Mumbai

admin February 21, 2022
Updated 2022/02/24 at 1:58 PM

On Thursday, Maharashtra’s first water taxi service was inaugurated, linking the Navi Mumbai area to mainland Mumbai. The Belapur jetty was inaugurated by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and the service was launched by Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbanand Sonowal.

The Rs. 8.37-crore initiative would initially run on three routes, with the state and the Centre splitting the costs. Belapur to Ferry Wharf (the domestic cruise port), Belapur to Elephanta Caves, and Belapur to JNPT are the three routes.

Seven speedboats, each with a capacity of 10 to 30 passengers, and one catamaran, each with a capacity of 50 to 60 people, will operate on these routes in the beginning. A single ride will cost between Rs. 820 and Rs. 1,200 per person for speed boats and Rs. 290 for a catamaran.

Mr. Sonowal, speaking at the ceremony, said the Sagarmala project has provided Maharashtra with 131 projects worth Rs. 1.05 lakh crore. “The programme would provide Rs. 278 crore in financial help to 46 projects,” he added.

“India’s first railway operated between Mumbai and Thane, and it has progressively extended throughout the country. “What happens in Mumbai spreads across the country,” Mr. Thackeray remarked.

He claims that ease of transportation is a crucial component in attracting investment to the area.

Source: The Hindu

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