Published On : Tue, Mar 21st, 2017

Maharashtra push for boat service from Nariman Point to Borivli

Mumbai: The city’s waterfront may soon help reduce traffic congestion.

The Maharashtra government has decided to take off its roll-on-roll-off (Ro-Ro) service project between Nariman Point and Borivli, under the ambitious Sagarmala or sea link project.

The service will allow passengers to get their four-wheelers on to special decks on boats from the jetty at Nariman Point to Borivli.

Using the service, 300 passengers can cover the 30-35km distance in 30 minutes. Currently, it takes 1 hour 15 minutes to cover the distance by road during non-peak hours.

A coordination committee for the project, headed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, held its first meeting on Monday.

“We will send the proposal to the Centre for approval. Once approved, we will go ahead with the project,” said Atul Patne, chief executive officer, Maharashtra Maritime Board.

Sagarmala, started by the ministry of shipping, aims to modernise ports in the country.

“The proposed jetty at Nariman Point can also be used for boat and cruise services. We can also get other modes of transport such as sea plane and hovercraft,” Patne said.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs300 core.

Patne said the jetty can also be used to reach Shivaji memorial in the future.