Ferry from Thane to Kalyan may soon be­come a real­ity

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THANE: The in­land wa­ter­way project, which was stuck for more than 10 years, may soon see the light of the day.

The Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC) has as­sured the start of wa­ter­ways from Thane to other cities within one year.

The work of con­struct­ing the jetty has al­ready be­gun at the Gaimukh bun­der along the Ghod­bun­der Road.

The wa­ter trans­port was pro­posed in Mum­bai, Thane and Navi Mum­bai around 10 years ago.

Anil Patil, deputy city en­gi­neer, pub­lic works de­part­ment, said, “We will ini­tially start the trans­port to Kalyan, Va­sai Vi­rar and Bhi­wandi from Thane. This route is slated to start within one year,”

He added that they would de­velop 13 jet­ties across the city which will in­clude ar­eas like Wagh­bil, Mum­bra, Kalwa, Kasar­va­davli and Owala to name a few.

The trans­port will be of three types -- goods, pas­sen­ger and tourism.

“The goods trans­port from wa­ter is 50% cheaper than roads, so we can gen­er­ate rev­enue from it. We had given Rs11 crore to the mar­itime board to con­struct the jetty at Gaimukh, as they have the ex­per­tise for it,” he said.

He added that he work had started from Wed­nes­day.

The cor­po­ra­tion had sent a pro­posal to the Cen­tre six months ago to fund the wa­ter trans­port to en­sure the in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion in the city has an al­ter­nate mode of trans­port, apart from rail­ways and roads. For the in­land wa­ter­ways, the civic body will pro­vide the in­fras­truc­ture, boats, and ships.

The op­er­a­tions will be han­dled by pri­vate play­ers.

The Ul­has creek, along with Navi Mum­bai, Kalyan, Dom­bivli, Diva, Mum­bra, Kalwa, Ko­pri, Gaimukh, Bhayan­dar Pada, fur­ther up un­til the Ghod­bun­der Road can be used for in­land wa­ter trans­port.

Tourists can take a ride around the Thane creek belt.

Wa­ter trans­port is cheaper than rail or road trans­port. Thane has a huge coast­line and res­i­dents will ben­e­fit, if wa­ter­ways are started. It would also ease the crowds in lo­cal trains.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The goods trans­port from wa­ter is 50% cheaper than by road.

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