Mumbai is rightly known as the city that never sleeps. Everything in this city has a very fast pace, and one always has to be on one’s toes. Ferry rides provide a welcome respite from the never-ending traffic and late local trains.This brings me to the fact that the much-awaited new ferry service, Gateway-Belapur, has finally begun. The services began on February 7 and are all set to reduce your travel time.
New Ferry Service, Gateway-Belapur Is Here
Gateway of India saw the launch of the new ferry service between Gateway and Belapur. Dadaji Bhurse, Minister of Ports Development Government of Maharashtra, flagged off the Nayan XI ferry from Belapur at 8:30 am. Local MLA Manda Vijay Mhatre was also present at the event. The first ferry sailed from Belapur Jetty at 8:30 am and reached the Gateway of India at 9:30 am. The return journey began at 6:30 pm and reached Belapur at 7:30. This demonstrated that now one can easily cover this distance in just an hour.
The vessel has a capacity to carry 200 passengers at a time. Lower deck tickets are approximately ₹250 per seat, while upper deck tickets are approximately ₹350 per seat. The charges mentioned here are for a one-way trip. The lower deck can easily accommodate about 140 people, and the upper deck can accommodate 60 people. The cost charged by this vessel is half the price that people pay while travelling to the same place in a cab.
बेलापूर जेट्टी येथून वॉटर टॅक्सीच्या प्रवासी वाहतूक सुरु करण्यात आली. सदर प्रवासी वाहतूकचे उदघाटन राज्याचे बंदरे मंत्री श्री.दादाजी भुसे यांच्या शुभहस्ते संपन्न झाले. यावेळी *बेलापूर विधानसभा क्षेत्राच्या आमदार सौ. मंदाताई म्हात्रे* यांची प्रमुख उपस्थिती. pic.twitter.com/LJ1bKPT99L
— MLA Manda Mhatre (@mandamhatre) February 7, 2023
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Frequency Of The Ferry Will Be Increased
Local MLA Manda Vijay Mhatre said that she has been following up with this new ferry service ever since day one of its conceptualization. She is glad that the people travelling between these places will no longer have to get stuck in traffic. Once the new ferry service starts, the frequency will be gradually increased.
NSPL, the operating and commercial partner, has collaborated with MyBoatRide.com for online sales and ticketing. Share-autos are available for commuting to the jetty at just ₹10 per person. There are share-taxis as well as BEST available to go to CSMT and Churchgate from Gateway of India.
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