After much delay and anticipation, the roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) services between Mumbai and Raigad district will finally see a green signal later this year! This translates into shorter travel time and cost-effectiveness too. Mumbaikars are finally heaving a sigh of happiness.
But if you’re wondering, what are RoRo services and how does it help the commoners, then read on!
Why’s the RoRo service approval making waves?
This RoRo service will be connecting Mumbai and Raigad via the water route and it’s being assumed that it’ll be up and sailing by December this year. This service will be boosting the developments of the coastal transport facilities in Mumbai and neighboring towns as well. Apart from saving our time and energy, this initiative will also help in reducing the present shipping charges because it’ll be operational all year round.
The first vessel will be brought in from Greece after the agreement is signed and this watercraft can carry vehicles and passengers!
The nodal agency for the project, Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB), is also looking to establish a hovercraft service amidst Mumbai-Thane-Navi Mumbai, which is expected to be operational by January 2020. These hovercrafts will be brought in from Russia so you can totally expect hi-tech facilities too.
After the services become fully functional, it’ll take 35 minutes for passengers to travel from Nerul to Ferry Wharf, while Ferry Wharf to Mandwa route will consume about 20 minutes; far lesser than the original 4 hours of travel time.
According to reports by DNA India, a senior MMB official has stated, "The draft agreement is ready; we have asked them (the successful bidder) to get the vessel at the earliest.”
It’s being said that the agreement with the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) for the use of Ferry Wharf will also be looked into pretty soon!
If one were to say that the Mumbai local trains are the lifeline of the city, they couldn’t be more right. Transporting over 7.5 million commuters ever day, the Mumbai Local Railway system is one of the busiest in the entire world. By September however, frequent travellers can expect more convenient commutes as the authorities plan to make use of two more air conditioned coaches in 70 local trains.
In the past, the local trains have seen some improvement and is constantly on its way to becoming a better and more convenient form of public transport across the city. This new change coming to the railway system is one that will be a huge boon. With the scorching heat upon us, it was high time that the railway authorities made use of air conditioned coaches.
As per reports, these new air conditioned coaches will become completely functional by September this year. Apart from just adding convenience to commuters, the coaches will also increase the carrying capacity of the trains themselves. According to the proposal, 70 trains in the locals will get new coaches and we’re quite eager to see how it turns out.
The proposal for such coaches was first put out in 2018 and they stated that at least 70 trains should be fitted with air conditioned coaches. The move is finally seeing the light of day and will be a much needed change to the way we travel in the Mumbai locals. Before actually making use of the air conditioned trains, there will be trials that the coaches will have to undergo. Following the response, authorities will implement it on a larger scale if it turns out to be profitable.
At any rate, we’re happy that the railways are taking this step towards a better and more convenient local train system.