Check the lounge, schedules, routes and rules of the newly inaugurated service

A water taxi service was launched in Mumbai on Thursday to ensure smooth connectivity and boost tourism in India’s financial capital.

The service will link the twin cities of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai for the first time. It will start from the Domestic Cruise Terminal (DCT) and will also link nearby locations in Nerul, Belapur, Elephanta Island and JNPT.

According to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, water taxi services are going to give a huge boost to the tourism sector, especially trips to historic Elephanta Caves from Navi Mumbai. Visitors will be able to travel easily from Navi Mumbai to India Gate.

The new Belapur jetty, built at the cost of 8.37 crore was financed under the 50-50 model under the Sagarmala program of the Ministry of Ports. The new jetty will allow the movement of vessels to places like Bhaucha Dhakka, Mandwa, Elephanta and Karanja.

Previously used only for logistics services, Mumbai will now join the league of other major global cities that use water transport for passenger service. This new travel service will improve accessibility across the port, ensure a smooth transport system and reduce congestion on other modes of transport, according to the government.

What are the final water taxi routes?

  • Belapur at Navi Mumbai and Domestic Cruise Terminal (DCT) at Mazgaon, South Mumbai
  • Belapur and Elephanta
  • Belapur Port and Jawaharlal Nehru (JNPT) to Navi Mumbai

But how much will the water taxi ride cost?

The fare for the speedboat water taxi service will be approximately 800 to 1200 one way and will take around 30-40 minutes. While for one way catamaran service, passengers will have to pay a fee 290. A monthly speedboat pass will be available at 12,100.

  • From Domestic Cruise Terminal (DCT) to Belapur by shared water taxi, the fare will be 1,210 and vice versa.
  • From DCT to Dharamtar the fare will be 2000 and the duration will be 55 minutes.
  • From DCT to JNPT, the fare will be 200 and the journey time will be 20 minutes.
  • From DCT to Karanja the fare will be 1,200 and the duration is 45 minutes.
  • From DCT to Kanoji Angre, the fare will be 1,500 and the duration will be 55 minutes.
  • From Central Business District (CBD), Belapur to Nerul, the fare will be Rs 1,100 and the duration will be 30 minutes.
  • From JNPT to Belapur the fare will be 800 and the duration will be 25 minutes.
  • A journey from DCT->JNPT->Elepha->DCT will cost RS 800 and Belapur->JNPT->Elepha->Belapur will cost 800 for a 35 minute ride.

What is the capacity of a water taxi?

A total of eight boats have so far been allocated to commuters. A speedboat can accommodate 10 to 30 passengers and the catamaran can accommodate 65 people. Belapur Jetty has parking for 75 cars and 85 two-wheelers.

What are the service hours?

Taxis will run from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and leave every few hours. View the full program here.

What rules do passengers have to follow?

  • Passengers should arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time and boarding gates will close 10 minutes prior to departure.
  • They must have a valid photo ID.
  • The ticket will only be valid on the date of travel for the departure slot booked and will not be transferable.
  • Passengers must wear a life jacket.
  • Passengers will only be allowed 10 kg of luggage. Overweight baggage will be charged 1000 per Kg.

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