Water Taxi Mumbai – Navi Mumbai: All about CIDCO’s ferry service

[] CIDCO water taxi Mumbai that will start from February 17, 2022 is expected to significantly reduce the stress on roads and railway services. Know more about the Water Taxi Mumbai including water taxi Mumbai rates and the routes of the water tax Navi Mumbai

What is water taxi Mumbai-Navi Mumbai?

To reduce the travel time from Navi Mumbai to Mumbai and the strain on road and railway transportation, a Navi Mumbai to Mumbai ferry was proposed. This is known as the CIDCO Water Taxi Mumbai to Navi Mumbai service. The water taxi Mumbai-Navi Mumbai, by CIDCO, will connect Bhaucha Dhakka (Ferry Wharf) in south Mumbai to Nerul in Navi Mumbai, enabling commuters to cover the 11-nautical-mile distance in 30-45 minutes.

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Water taxi Mumbai-Navi Mumbai service starts 

Union shipping minister Sarbananda Sonowal will inaugurate the Water taxi Mumbai-Navi Mumbai service on February 17, 2022.

The CIDCO water taxi Mumbai to Navi Mumbai is being developed on the Panvel creek, as part of the Mumbai Eastern Waterfront project. The Nerul Passenger Water Transport Terminal is located just behind the NRI Complex in Nerul. The Maharashtra Maritime Board had organised trail run in October 2021.

Water taxi Mumbai-Navi Mumbai rates

The water taxi Mumbai-Navi Mumbai rates are very competitive with the presence of many operators. According to Indian Express, while one operator of the Water taxi Mumbai will charge Rs 290 as water taxi Mumbai rates from DCT to Belapur, another operator of Mumbai water taxi will be charging Rs 12,000 per month for the same route.

Infinity Harbour Services LLP, one of the operators of water taxi Navi Mumbai, will charge water taxi Mumbai rates at Rs 45 per minute per passenger. The fare for Navi Mumbai to Mumbai ferry is expected to be between Rs 1,200 and 1,500 per passenger, while the fare to JNPT is likely to be Rs 750.

Presently, Infinity Harbour Services LLP has four vessels as water taxi Mumbai including one 50-seater, a 40-seater, a 32-seater and a 14-seater which can travel up to 25 knots of speed. The government has allotted routes including International Cruise Terminal to Elephanta, Domestic Cruise Terminal to Rewas, Karanjade, Dharamtar, Domestic Cruise Terminal to Belapur, Nerul, Vashi and Airoli and DCT to Khanderi islands and JNPT. Jetties are yet to be built at Vashi and Airoli. These boats will take less than 30 minutes from DCT to Navi Mumbai, whereas by taxi it takes anywhere between 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes. The company plans to operate water taxi Mumbai from 8 am to 8 pm for 330 days in a year with services suspended during the monsoon.

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Infinity Harbour Services LLP is also looking at providing last mile connectivity with Mumbai water taxi, by providing pool cabs at various places like Churchgate, CST, Nariman Point, Gateway of India, DCT, Dockyard, Belapur, Nerul and JNPT. A nominal fare of Rs 20 to Rs 30 will be charged per passenger on a share-a-cab basis. Tickets for the Navi Mumbai water taxi have to be booked on and seats for Navi Mumbai water taxi will have to be booked a day in advance.

West Coast Marine, which has also received a license to operate the Mumbai water taxi service, have got three routes – DCT to Kanhoji Angre Islands, DCT to Rewas Karanja and DCT to JNPT, Nerul and Belapur. The company has three vessels as Navi Mumbai water taxi and can carry 12 to 20 persons. For the Mumbai-JNPT route, water taxi Mumbai rates will be Rs 800 per person and it will take up to 20 minutes from DCT and for Mumbai Belapur, water taxi Mumbai rates will be Rs 1,100 per passenger and it will take 35 minutes. The company has also applied for a license to ply water taxi Mumbai on the DCT Nerul route which will take 30 minutes and water taxi Mumbai rates will be Rs 1,000 per passenger.

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Water taxi Mumbai: Development

As part of the development of internal water transport plan of water taxi Mumbai , terminals and other infrastructure for water taxi Mumbai have been built jointly built by the Mumbai Port Trust, CIDCO and the Maharashtra Maritime Board at Bhaucha Dhakka (Thane creek), Nerul (Navi Mumbai) and Mandwa (Alibaug), respectively.

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Navi Mumbai water taxi: Benefits

The opening of the Nerul Passenger Water Terminal will reduce the stress on roads and railway services. The CIDCO water taxi Mumbai service will be able to carry close to 300 passengers at a time.

“The Nerul Passenger Water Terminal, being developed on Panvel Creek as part of the Eastern Waterfront project, will reduce the stress on roads and railway services, and people of Navi Mumbai will have an alternative mode of travel to south Mumbai with water taxi Navi Mumbai,” said Sanjay Mukherjee, VP and managing director, CIDCO.

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Water taxi Mumbai-Navi Mumbai: Not the first time

The CIDCO water taxi Mumbai connecting Navi Mumbai to Mumbai is not the first example of water transport in Mumbai city. In 1996, CIDCO, along with Mahindra & Mahindra and IL&FS, had launched hovercraft services that connected to Mumbai from Juhu Chowpatty and Belapur. While the former water taxi Mumbai took 40 minutes, the latter water taxi Mumbai took close to an hour. These water taxi Mumbai rates were priced at Rs 100 per trip which was considered too steep at the time. The project was shut down in 1998 due to losses.

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Other water taxi projects

Recently, the Bombay High Court approved the construction of Maharashtra Maritime Board’s (MMB) proposed passenger jetties at Kelwa and Kharekuran and Ro-Ro jetty at Kharwadashri in Palghar and Thane districts. This was granted after the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) and State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) also approved of the project owing to the surety that very less destruction of mangroves will take place for the said  project.  However, the Bombay high court has directed the MMB to give an undertaking that water taxi Mumbai would comply with all terms and conditions mentioned strictly during the course of project construction.


Will the operators of Water Taxi Mumbai provide last mile connectivity?

Yes, with an intent to provide last mile connectivity, water taxi Mumbai passengers can make use of the pool cabs available that will be priced at Rs 20-30 per passenger.

Where do you have to book the tickets for water taxi Mumbai?

You can book tickets online for Water Taxi Mumbai at a day before travel.

In addition to Nerul, where are the other water terminals being built?

In addition to Nerul, the water taxi Mumbai service terminals are being built at Bhaucha Dhakka and Mandwa (Alibaug).

With this water taxi Mumbai service, how much time will it take to travel between Nerul and Bhaucha Dhakka?

The distance between Bhaucha Dhakka and Nerul will be covered in 30-45 minutes with the water taxi Mumbai service.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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