In its bid to connect Navi Mumbai to Mumbai through water transport, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) has awarded the Rs111-crore project to construct Nerul jetty, which is likely to be completed within 30 months.
The environment clearance for the jetty will take the first six months, an official said.
With this, the authorities have also set their eyes on water connectivity between Mumbai and Goa, Cidco officials said.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union minister Nitin Gadkari had on Monday laid the foundation stone for water transport terminal at Ferry Wharf. The eastern waterfront project will facilitate travel to Nerul in 17 minutes and to Mandwa in 15 minutes.
A 30-metre-wide and 655-metre-long road will be built from Palm Beach road to connect to the Nerul jetty, said Cidco officials. A 761-square metre structure —including waiting room, food court and other amenities — will also be constructed, they said.
“There are three bodies involved in the water transport project. The Cidco will work on the project with the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) and the Bombay Port Trust (BPT) to initiate the project,” said Mohan Ninawe, senior public relations officer of Cidco.
Jetties at Bhaucha Dhaka, Mandwa in Raigad, Nerul will be developed by the BPT, MMB and Cidco, he said.
At Nerul jetty, there will be a provision for residents to park their vehicles and proceed to Mumbai. A parking lot with a capacity to house 31 cars and 11 buses will be built. In addition, there will be anchor facilities.
The tender has been awarded to Ajwani Infrastructures Pvt Ltd which will develop the jetty in association with Carjewel company, which has experience in water transport terminals. The jetty plan has been prepared by Cashek Engineers Pvt Ltd.
Plans are also afoot to develop the jetties in such a manner that the travellers will be able to use roll on/roll off (R-Ro) services at all the three jetties. The Nerul jetty is expected to be ready before the ones in Mumbai. Since a large number of people travel from the city to Mumbai, the service is eagerly awaited.
As part of its Navi Mumbai (south) smart city project, the Cidco has been taking up several connectivity projects, including the roll on/roll off services (allowing wheeled cargos such as cars to be loaded and unloaded from ships).
Ninawe said that the eastern waterfront project will ease the burden on highways and save commuters from traffic jams.