You can soon use a water taxi to commute from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai

The new service planned by Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) will run from Bhaucha Dhakka to Belapur, Nerul, and Mandva

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In order to strengthen Mumbai’s transport system, the state government has decided to boost water transport. In a recent announcement, Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) has decided to launch a water taxi with an aim to reduce the one and half hour travel time from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai. Port Trust chairperson informed Sanjay Bhatia, Chairperson and added that this taxi will run from Bhaucha Dhakka to Belapur, Nerul, and Mandva.

As Mumbai is surrounded by water, MbPT has decided to make the most of it. In order to change the scenario, MbPT is focusing on both the cruise and the water taxi service, for which tenders have been invited. According to senior officials, three companies have expressed interest and very soon, the tenders will be finalised.

The seating capacity of water taxi, rates of the same will be decided once tenders are finalised. Initially, water taxi service will be launched between Gateway of India and Elephanta. Meanwhile, the same service will start from Bhaucha Dhakka to Navi Mumbai Airport, Bhaucha Dhakka to Mandva and Bhaucha Dhakka to Belapur/Nerul,” said Sanjay Bhatia.

MbPT officials said that a new jetty is also being constructed nearby Navi Mumbai airport after which introducing water taxi would be easier.

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