Time is everything. Especially in Mumbai, the city which chooses productivity over sleep almost every time. Anything that helps us save a little of it then, is a welcome addition to this turbulent lifestyle that we’re now all accustomed to. And while our public transport system is pretty decent when compared to many other cities, our civic bodies are on the brink of taking it one step further still. By October, Mumbai is likely to have its very own ferry service route from Borivali to Nariman Point. The proposed route will cut down the usual travel time between the two locations to 45 minutes, from the usual hour and a half.
The ferry will hopefully have a carrying capacity of 150 people each, and if people avail of the car park that will be made available in Borivali, it could potentially decrease traffic along the Western Expressway as well, reported the Mumbai Mirror.
The Government had sent out an EOI (expression of interest) regarding ferry services along this route and stated that 31 January would be the deadline for those interested. Thankfully, the Maharashtra Maritime Board received one proposal from Star Ferries for the same. “While there is no jetty at Nariman Point, we will set up a floating jetty near the NCPA (The National Centre for the Performing Arts) which will not require coastal regulation zone clearance,” said an official, in a report by the Times of India. The ferry is proposed to run every half an hour from both sides from 6:30am to 9pm, and may run up to four to five times more often during peak hours. Either way, we can only applaud, and hope that this ferry service sets sail in October.
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Words: Cara Shrivastava