Mumbaikars will now get to travel by water taxis from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai 

Water taxis will be available from Princess dock to Vashi, Airoli, Nerul, Belapur and JNPT. Reportedly, the taxi can cover the distance from Mumbai to Belapur in an hour.

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The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) has signed 13 different Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) worth ₹7,510 crores ahead of the 'Maritime India Summit' 2021.  In an effort to boost water transport and tourism in the city the government have decided to launch the new transport service. The water taxi services will soon start from South Mumbai to Belapur and Nerul.

Recently, during a press conference, MbPT chairman Rajiv Jalota said that MoUs worth ₹12,000 crores more are in the pipeline. The arrangement includes starting water taxis from the domestic cruise terminal (DCT) in South Mumbai for ₹75 crores, introducing harbour cruise tourism for ₹15 crores, developing a marina for ₹370 crores and shipbuilding and other allied activities for ₹1300 crore. 

Water taxis will be available from Princess dock to Vashi, Airoli, Nerul, Belapur and JNPT. Reportedly, the taxi can cover the distance from Mumbai to Belapur in an hour. Initially, it will start with 10-50 seater vessels, following which can be increased as per the response. Later it is projected to expand the ro-ro service to Gujarat.

Meanwhile, MbPT is also planning Mumbai's first marina for 300 yachts on 8.02 hectares of land near the DCT.  MbPT is planning to complete the Mumbai international cruise terminal project by the end of this year. It intends to modify Mumbai into a hotspot for cruise tourism catering to 15 lakh passengers by 2030.

PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the virtual 'Maritime India Summit' to be held between 2-4 March. Around 20,000 delegates from 40 countries are expected to attend the summit.