Taxi services

Water taxi services between the domestic cruise terminal and Mandwa will start from November 1

The new ship named “NAYAN XI” has a capacity of 140 passengers on the lower deck and another 60 passengers on the upper deck / business class.

The vessel which had been built in Goa arrived in Mumbai on October 12 this year. (Representation/Dossier)

Water taxi services from the domestic Ferry Wharf cruise terminal to Mandwa are scheduled to start from November 1, 2022. There will be a total of six services, three on each side.

Captain Rohit Sinha, Director of Nayantara Shipping Pvt Ltd and owner of the vessel, said: “Nayantara has arrived and it will change the standards and quality of water transport. To begin, the ship will sail from the domestic Princess Dock Jetty cruise terminal in Mandwa. The price will be Rs 400 for the lower deck and Rs 450 for the upper deck / business class.

The vessel which had been built in Goa arrived in Mumbai on October 12 this year. Since then, it has conducted trials in Mumbai waters to ensure smooth sailing.

It is also the first stable high-speed double-deck catamaran of its size in Mumbai capable of crossing the ocean. Although its speed can be up to 22 knots, it is expected to cruise at 15 knots between South Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. The speed is due to its high-speed Volvo Penta engines from 2 to 750 HP. The vessel is fully air-conditioned, with two toilets on the upper deck and four on the lower deck.

Water taxis in Mumbai started in February 2022. However, no service was started from the domestic cruise terminal, although initially one of the private water taxi operators tried to do so. The Mumbai Port Trust and the Maharashtra Maritime Board had planned to offer water transport service from the terminal, but the plan fell through due to poor last mile connectivity and high cost of tickets. After its official launch, no service was able to fully begin from the domestic cruise terminal.

The new ship named “NAYAN XI” has a capacity of 140 passengers on the lower deck and another 60 passengers on the upper deck / business class.

For ticketing and online sales, the operator has collaborated with MyBoat Ride.com.

“We are very pleased to work with boat owners to manage their ticketing as well as plan potential activities for this vessel,” said Sohel Kazani, Brand Owner and Partner at Infinity Harbor Services.

To provide last mile connectivity from Belapur Railway Station, a shared rickshaw will also be available to get to the pier for Rs 10; from Gateway of India to Churchgate, shared taxi option will be available at Rs 20.

Service hours as below:

DCT IN MANDWA

10:30 a.m.

12:50 p.m.

3:10 p.m.

MANDWA TO DCT

11:40 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

4:20 p.m.