Ferry fare from Uran to Alibaug hiked

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - Navi Mumbai - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Travel be­tween Alibaug and Uran talukas is f acil­i­tated through wa­ter trans­port be­tween Karanja and Re­was. It en­ables cov­er­ing of the dis­tance in just 15 min­utes from Uran to Alibaug.

The Maharashtra Mar­itime Board (MMB) re­cently in­creased the pas­sen­ger tax from Re1 to Rs 2. This has led to the to­tal fare now in­creas­ing from Rs12.50 to Rs13.50.

A few months ago, the ferry fare had been in­creased by Rs5. Now, the ad­di­tional in­crease of Re1 has up­set the pas­sen­gers.

Since Alibaug is the head­quar­ters of Raigad district, a lot of peo­ple have to travel from Uran to Alibaug which is 60 km by road. It leads to a lot of wastage of time and money.

Hence, more than 800 pas­sen­gers travel in this man­ner from Uran to Alibaug ev­ery day.

Vi­las Bha­gat, a lo­cal res­i­dent, said: “One won­ders for what MMB has been rais­ing the fare. It first needs to pro­vide proper ser­vice be­fore an­nounc­ing such hikes.”

The lo­cal pas­sen­ger as­so­ci­a­tion has de­manded that the hike should be with­drawn im­me­di­ately. Nitin Koli, MMB, port of­fi­cial, said: “MMB levies Re1 as tax ev­ery day from each pas­sen­ger. Now, MMB has added a cess of Re 1 to the tax.”

He added, “MMB is do­ing all it can to pro­vide ef­fi­cient ser­vice to pas­sen­gers. Last year, even dur­ing the mon­soon the pas­sen­gers did not face any dif­fi­culty and trav­elled safely.”

A FEW MONTHS AGO, THE FERRY FARE HAD BEEN IN­CREASED BY RS 5

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