The state environment department has finally cleared the water transport project that was planned from Jesal Park in Bhayander to Gaimukh creek in Thane, claimed Thane MLA Pratap Sarnaik on Saturday. This alternate means of transport between Thane and Borivli will ease the traffic congestion along Ghodbunder Road.
Commenting on the development, Sarnaik said, “I had been demanding for a water transport system to be developed between Thane and Mira Bhayander. For this, a jetty needs to be constructed at the creek near Jesal Park and Kanakia real estate.” The MLA added, “The Maritime board officers conducted a survey of the area and gave permission to construct a jetty at Jesal Park. The mangroves at this creek, however, are posing as an obstruction for constructing the jetty.”
The alternative available was, according to the Sarnaik, to construct an elevated path and a platform as the jetty without disturbing the mangroves. The project is also in a CRZ area and thus the approval of the state’s environmental department was required.
An officer from Mira Bhayander corporation requesting anonymity said, “The proposal for the elevated jetty was approved in the general body meeting held in the last week of September. We have sent the state’s proposal to the Centre for approval. We will fund the project but we are also trying to get a 50% grant from the central government and hope that the state would provide another 25% of the fund.”
Here Sarnaik added that the state approved the proposal in a meeting held on Wednesday. “We are also demanding that the project be funded by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) so the burden of expenditure on the corporation is eased,” he said.
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had taken initiative to start water transport from Thane to Mira Bhayander, Kalyan and Bhiwandi. In August, the TMC had conducted a meeting with the civic chief of all the concerned corporations requesting co-operation for the project and all the corporators had come on board the project.
An officer from the TMC said, “The work on jetty at Gaimukh is progressing at a faster pace and will be completed by June 2017. Commuters usually take around an hour to cover the distance between Thane and Mira Bhayander. This water route will cut the commuting time to about 15 minutes.”
Boost to tourism
The Ulhas creek along 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 through the water route.
This will also help generate revenue for the city.
Why water transport?
Water transport is cheaper than rail or road transport. Thane has a huge coastline and the residents will be benefit a lot if waterways are used. It would also ease the crowd in local trains.
• Relief from traffic snarls
• Alternate mode of transport in case of emergencies
• Better connectivity to the cities
• Cheaper mode of transport
• Environment-friendly commute
Development of tourism and facilitating revenue for the city
• Connect Thane to surrounding areas