Wa­ter trans­port plan: Cidco to is­sue ten­ders for jetty at Nerul

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: You will soon be able to take a ferry to Mum­bai and even Goa.

The City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) will is­sue ten­ders for a jetty at Nerul on Mon­day.

As part of its Navi Mum­bai (South) smart city project, Cidco has been tak­ing up sev­eral con­nec­tiv­ity projects.

The RoRo (Roll-On/ Roll-Off) wa­ter ser­vice is one among them. It will en­able res­i­dents to take their ve­hi­cles along the wa­ter route in the ves­sels.

Giv­ing de­tails of the project, Cidco vice-chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor San­jay Bha­tia said, “We have a huge coastal belt in the city and it can be used well for wa­ter trans­port which has long been pend­ing. It will ease the bur­den on the high­ways and save the com­muters from traf­fic jams.”

Bha­tia said, “There are three agen­cies in­volved in the project. Cidco will be work­ing on the project with Ma­ha­rash­tra Mar­itime Board (MMB) and Bom­bay Port Trust (BPT) to start the wa­ter trans­port.”

Ac­cord­ing to Bha­tia, “Jet­ties will be de­vel­oped at Bhaucha Dhaka by BPT, MMB will de­velop Mandwa in Raigad and we will de­velop the Nerul jetty.”

Bha­tia added they would be call­ing for ten­ders for the Nerul jetty on Mon­day.

Plans are afoot to de­velop the jet­ties in such a man­ner that trav­ellers will be able to use RoRo ser­vice at all the three jet­ties to go to Goa.

The wa­ter trans­port project is ex­pected to be com­pleted in two years.

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