Soon, travel from Vasai to Kalyan in just 70 minutes
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has allotted Rs9.50 crore for the project this year.mumbai Updated: Apr 01, 2017 00:36 IST
The first phase of the corporation’s Rs287.95-crore inland water transport project will span 45km and cover the distance between Vasai and Kalyan. It is expected to reduce the commute from Vasai to Kalyan to 70 minutes, less than the time it takes to travel by road — about 90 minutes to two hours.
The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has allotted Rs9.50 crore for the project this year.
“The water transport will cover inter-city and intra-city areas. People will not only be able to commute from one part of Thane to another, but also to Vasai, Kalyan, Mira-Bhayander and Navi Mumbai via the waterways.The first phase of the project will cover Vasai, Mira-Bhayander, Thane, Kolshet, Ghodbunder Road, Saket, Diva, Bhiwandi and Kalyan. This is a distance of 25 nautical miles or 45km,” said civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, while declaring the budget.
The main station will be at Kolshet, where the TMC plans to construct waiting rooms, ticket windows and parking facilities. The corporation plans to enlist the help of neighbouring civic bodies that will benefit from the project, the central government and the maritime board.
In August last year, the TMC had conducted a meeting with the civic chiefs of several municipal corporations, requesting their co-operation. Each civic body agreed to construct jetties in their area as part of the project.
The TMC will develop 13 jetties across the city at areas such as Waghbil, Mumbra, Kalwa, Kasarvadavli and Owala. The civic body will provide infrastructure, boats and ships, while the operations will be handled by private firms.
Officials expect transport to be of three types — goods, passengers and tourists. It costs 50% less to transport goods by water than by roads.
The Ulhas creek, along with Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Dombivli, Diva, Mumbra, Kalwa, Kopri, Gaimukh, Bhayandar Pada and Ghodbunder Road can be used for inland water transport. Around 32km of the creek falls under the TMC’s jurisdiction.
Water transport is cheaper compared to rail or road transport. Thane has a huge coastline. Residents stand to benefit if waterways are introduced. The project will also ease the crowds in local trains.
“Once the first phase of the project is completed, the second phase will cover the distance between Saket and Belapur,” added Jaiswal.
Benefits of the water transport project
Commuters can expect relief from traffic snarls
It will provide an alternative means of transport in case of emergencies
It is cheaper compared to other modes of transport
It is eco-friendly
The development of tourism will earn revenue for the city
It will connect Thane to the neighbouring cities