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Water transport in Mumbai

Water transport in Mumbai consists of ferries, hovercrafts and catamarans.

Proposals to start proper water services were initially mooted in the 1990s but were held up due to legal issues.[1] Services are provided by both government agencies as well as private partners.[2]

Routes

Western Corridor

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A ferry operated by BEST across the Manori Creek

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST), started a ferry operations between Manori and Marve Beach in 1981, but it was soon taken over by private providers.[3]

Subsequently, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) was selected to undertake the work of setting up terminals at Nariman Point, Bandra, Juhu, Versova, and Marve Beach.[4]

Navi Mumbai

Hovercrafts used to ply between the Gateway of India in Mumbai and CBD Belapur and Vashi in Navi Mumbai between 1994 and 1999 but the services were subsequently stopped due to lack of sufficient water transport infrastructure.[5] The services used British made hovercraft and were operated by as a joint venture between the government and Mahindra and Mahindra, an Indian conglomerate.[6] The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) and Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) floated proposals to restart hovercraft services from CBD Belapur to reduce travel time from an hour and above to under half an hour.[7] The CIDCO developed hoverport in CBD Belapur was taken over by the Indian Coast Guard as an ad hoc base for providing security to water transport services till its permanent base at Nerul adjacent to Training Ship Chanakya was set up.[8]

Alibaug

Catamarans and ferries are operated by private operators from the Gateway of India to Mandwa from where the operators ply connecting buses to Alibaug.[2] In 2009, following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the Government of Maharashtra decided to shut down the jetties at the Gateway of India and instead open up newer ones near the Radio Club for boats bound for Rewas and Mandwa.[9]

In 2011, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), proposed to run roll on roll off (RORO) services from Ferry Wharf to Mandwa.[10]

References

  1. ^ Kulkarni, Dhaval (14 March 2012). "Water transport to link western suburbs to South Mumbai". Daily News and Analysis (Mumbai). Retrieved Jan 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Transportation from Alibaug". Raigad District Authority. Retrieved Jan 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ Aikara, Anita (2 May 2014). "The B.E.S.T legacy lives on". DNA (newspaper) (Mumbai). Retrieved Jan 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ "MSRDC to finalise Mumbai's passenger water transport system". Mumbai. DNA. 8 August 2012. Retrieved Jan 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Navi Mumbai mulls hovercraft services". Sify (Navi Mumbai). 3 November 2011. Retrieved Jan 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mahindra and Mahindra launches a hovercraft service in Mumbai". India Today. 30 November 1996. Retrieved Jan 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ Abidi, Shankar (1 October 2014). "Another Gateway-Belapur waterway in the offing". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved Jan 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Coast Guard to set up base in Navi Mumbai". The Hindu Businessline (Thane). Press Trust of India. 2 November 2011. Retrieved Jan 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ Abraham, Renni (29 January 2009). "5 jetties may be shut". DNA (newspaper) (Mumbai). Retrieved Jan 3, 2015. 
  10. ^ Siddhaye, Ninad (27 October 2011). "RoRo your way to Alibaug at Rs620". Daily News and Analysis (Mumbai). Retrieved Jan 3, 2015. 

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