Mumbai Port Trust announces increase in Mumbai-Alibaug jetty prices

Mumbai Port Trust announces increase in Mumbai-Alibaug jetty prices

Passengers travelling between Alibaug and Mumbai will now have to cash in more money to use the ferry service. The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) announced that the ticket prices for the Gateway of India-Mandwa have been increased. The prices for the transport service have been increased by ₹15-25. 

On the other hand, the ticket prices for the deluxe Gateway of India-Elephanta Caves jetty have also been increased by 10 per cent. The new ticket rates have already been brought in effect.

Close to 10 lakh passengers use the water transport service to travel between Mumbai and Alibaug. Earlier, the ticket rates were set at ₹145-195 for a side. However, MbPT has introduced a surge of ₹20 as passenger tax and ₹5 as safety tax. Therefore, the passengers will now have to pay up to ₹165-₹215 for the journey, i.e. a 15 per cent increase compared to the previous ticket prices.

Meanwhile, the 'Protoporos X' Ro-Ro ferry arrived at Mumbai from Greece on February 14. The officials from Maharashtra Maritime Board informed that the paperwork for the ferry has been completed and once it is registered as a water transport vehicle, the Ro-Ro service will be inaugurated.

The officials had said that the Mumbai-Alibaug ferry service would begin by the end of February 2020. However, the inauguration of the ferry service is yet to begin. It is yet to be decided who will inaugurate the transport service. Currently, the ferry service between the two places remains closed during monsoon but the Ro-Ro ferry service will function during monsoon as well.

The vessel has a capacity of up to 500 passengers and can also carry 180 cars. According to reports, the ticket price for the passengers will be ₹235 whereas the cars will be charged ₹1,000-₹1,500, depending on their size.

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