The much-talked Ro-Ro service, which was in Maharashtra government’s pipeline for many years now, will make its debut next year in April in Mumbai.
According to a report in DNA, the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) has given the letter of award for a Ro-Ro service from Ferry Wharf (Navin Bhaucha Dhakka) to Mandwa in Raigad district to Maldar Dredgers and Salvagers. With the Ro-Ro services debuting next year in April the travellers to Konkan will have hours of time and reach Mandwa in just 30 minutes. The Ro-Ro service will also help those travelling to Goa as the vehicles owners can go to Mandwa by sea and then proceed to Goa by road.
The project is jointly being implemented by MMB, Mumbai Port Trust (MPT) and City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO). MMB CEO Atul Patne, told DNA, the Ro-Ro service will provide a fillip to Konkan tourism and the work is expected to be complete by March 2018 so that the service can begin in April 2018.
What is Ro-Ro service?
Roll-On and Roll-Off ships, best known as Ro-Ro ships, are designed to carry cars, trucks, trailers so that such vehicles can travel across seas.