RoRo ferry service from Ferry Wharf to Mandwa hits snag after only bidder backs out

Maldar Dredgers and Salvagers, the only bidder has backed out from the INR 130 Crore project


With just five months to go for the RoRo (roll-on, roll-off) ferry service from Mumbai to Mandwa to become operational, the only bidder - Maldar Dredgers and Salvagers - has backed out.

To strengthen water transport in the state, Maharashtra Maritime Board (MBB) undertook the development of the route between Ferry Warf (Bhaucha Dhakka) and Mandwa. This process was reportedly 90 per cent complete but now, with the only bidder backing out, it leaves a big question mark over the status of the project.

The Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) had given a letter of intent to Maldar Dredgers and Salvagers on October 5 and the latter had put a condition to MMB that all the tourist traffic should be shifted to Ferry Wharf from Gateway of India. The Maldar Dredgers and Salvagers withdrew from the race on October 13.

The Ro-Ro ferry between Ferry Warf and Mandwa was being worked on by MMB along with CIDCO and Mumbai Port Trust. Along with completion of the breakwater stretch, the jetty terminal is being worked on as well.

According to reports, around INR 130 Cr has been spent on this project.

Initially, 3-4 boats will be functional on this route with each boat having a capacity of holding 150 people and 40 vehicles.

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