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!
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!