For those who travel between South Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, spending close to two hours on the harbour line is not new. The struggle between shuttling between point A to point B in Mumbai is real and there might be an alternate option soon that will slash the travel time to 30-unbilievable-minutes. Also Read - Mumbai: TV Actress Accuses Pilot of Rape on Pretext of Marriage, Probe Underway
The alternate option will be that of a hovercraft that will ferry passengers from the Gateway of India till Nerul making commuting much easier for the people of Mumbai. It is being estimated that the City Industrial and Development Corporation and Maharashtra Maritime Board will introduce the hovercraft service latest by February 2019. Also Read - Want to Know All About Hindu Religion & Dharma-Karma? This App Called 'Bhagwaanji' Will Help You Out!
The boards are currently busy acquiring second-hand hovercrafts from a Russia-based company. With a capacity of 50 passengers per hovercraft, they’re going to be fully refurbished before taking the first journey. The project is anticipated to cost around 100-crores at the beginning. The passenger fare and the number of vessels to be procured in the future, however, will be decided based on the passengers’ initial response in the month of February. If it turns out to be a hit, the chances of which are very high – another project connecting Nerul to Nadwa, near Alibaug may also be introduced.
It is going to be a pretty fail-proof project because it will be operational even during the monsoon because there are no tidal movements in the creek during that time. After the launch ‘Angriya’ – the luxurious cruise between Mumbai and Goa, this hovercraft is probably the best news Mumbai has heard in a while.