Ro-Ro Ferry service in Mumbai to begin from February end

Ro-Ro Ferry service in Mumbai to begin from February end

In a major boost to the city's water transport service, the Ro-Ro service between Mumbai and Mandwa, Alibaug is all set to begin by the end of February 2020. The ferry that will be put into service reportedly set sail from Greece and is expected to arrive in Mumbai by February 12, 2020.

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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The Ro-Ro service is being introduced under the Centre's Sagarmala Project and the initiative is headed by Mumbai Port Trust. Alongside, Maharashtra Maritime Board has also built a jetty terminal at Mandwa, Alibaug. The terminal was inaugurated by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and the then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

The Ro-Ro terminal at Mandwa consists of a 214x10 meter jetty, a 30x30 meter platform, a 20x22 meter floating raft,  360 meter-high breakwater wall which is 100x115 meters in length.

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The journey from Mumbai to Mandwa is expected to take between 50 minutes and 1 hour, thus cutting down the journey time of four hours to a mere sixty minutes. The port will run the service at an interval of three hours, on a trial basis.

Currently, the passengers have to go from Panvel or Thane to reach Alibaug via road whereas the water transport is possible via the Gateway of India. Meanwhile, it is expected that the jetty service will be a crucial aspect in developing the industrial area in Raigad.

The infrastructure for the project has already been completed more than a year agao but the Ro-Ro project faced a delay as initially, it ran into legal trouble. 

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