The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, and the Union Minister for Shipping and Road Transport, Nitin Gadkari, laid the foundation stone for a bunkering facility at Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and a roll on/roll off (Ro-Ro) terminal for passengers at Ferry Wharf, on 7 November, 2016.
The Mumbai Eastern water transport system will provide a network of passenger ships from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai and Alibaug.
The new system will decrease travel time considerably, especially between Mumbai and Mandwa, and New Mumbai, which will help decongest road traffic.
The Ro-Ro transport system will link Baucha Dhakka (Ferry Wharf) in Mumbai to Nerul in Navi Mumbai, and Mandwa in Alibaug, which will reduce the travel time to 15-20 minutes from the present two-and-a-half hours.
The eastern seafront water transport system project is anticipated to be complete by March 2018.
An upgraded passenger terminal hall at Bhaucha Dhakka was also inaugurated.
Foundation stones were also laid for two new projects: a fifth oil berth at Jawahar Dweep, and the country’s first bunkering facility.
The estimated cost of the oil berth is Rs 811 crore. Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum will bear half the cost of the project.