September 29, 2022

Mumbai water taxi service is signposted

Mumbai is now home to a water taxi service, which was virtually flagged by Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways and AYUSH Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday. The first water taxi was launched from the city’s Belapur pier, which was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray.

The water taxi will connect Mumbai to Navi Mumbai and will only take around 30 minutes of travel time.

Water taxis will also connect other places such as Elephanta Island, Belapur, Nerul and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. Navi Mumbai travelers can cut the travel time by 3 hours and visit India Gate with the help of this water taxi service. The Belapur pier was constructed at a cost of INR 8.37 crore.

The jetty was financed under the Sagarmala program of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways under the 50-50 model. Sonowal said that the Sagarmala program has contributed to the development of many projects, such as modernization of ports, rail, road, cruise tourism, RORO, etc.

Mumbai’s water taxis are the first of their kind in the country, and here’s a breakdown of its fare and how to book one for your trip.

From the Domestic Cruise Terminal (DCT) to Belapur will cost you INR 1210, and vice versa. If you travel from DCT to Dharamtar, it will cost you INR 2000 and take 55 minutes travel time. From DCT to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust you can travel in 20 minutes and it will cost you INR 200.

On the other hand, you can also opt for a monthly speedboat pass which will cost you INR 12100.