Soon, hovercraft service between south Mumbai and Nerul

Good news for Mumbaikars, as soon they may be able to take a ferry from Navi Mumbai to Gateway of India. The services are likely to start in February.

According to Mid-Day, a private firm will operate a hovercraft service between Gateway of India in south Mumbai and Nerul. This service is expected to reduce travel time between two cities from 2 hours to 30 minutes. This project on the eastern front is being executed by the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB). The MMB has also said that only one firm came in front during tendering process.

Vikram Kumar, the chief executive officer (CEO), MMB told the leading, “A Chennai-based firm MOH Group expressed its interest in operating the service and are now purchasing the hovercrafts from Russia. Once they arrive, services between Nerul and Gateway of India should start.”

The two hovercrafts will have a collective capacity of 100 passengers. And these hovercarft services will be operational in monsoon as there are no tidal movements in the creek. A senior official told the leading, “These will be second-hand hovercrafts but they will be refurbished. We expect services to start by February 2019. This would give another mode of transport for Mumbai. People from Navi Mumbai can reach south Mumbai in about 30 minutes.” The MMB has also planned another project connecting Nerul to Mandwa.

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