Wall to make water transport project safe

  • Saurabh Katkurwar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: May 10, 2013 01:57 IST

With the shore at Mandwa being termed turbulent for east coast water transport project, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation plans to build a 360m- breakwaters or wall at the proposed terminal to reduce the intensity of the water current.

Breakwaters are built by mounding rocks or artificial units in such a way that they reduce the intensity of wave action to provide safe harbourage. At Mandwa, the walls will be constructed using tetra pods, the same artificial units used at Marine Drive.

“The water at Mandwa is turbulent owing to strong wave currents. The catamarans and Ro-Ro vessels cannot remain in a stable position because of the currents. So, we have decided to build the wall. We will open tenders for its construction, once work on the water terminals starts,” said senior MSRDC official.

The authority is awaiting the final nod of the state government for the construction of terminals.

The MSRDC has undertaken the implementation of water transport project on east and west coasts of the city, in which hovercrafts, catamarans would be used for ferrying passengers. The east coast will also have Ro-Ro vessels to facilitate transport of vehicles.

The MSRDC plans to use a floating steel platform to transfer vehicles from a water terminal to a Ro-Ro vessel

smoothly. “The 50sqm floating platform will be placed at the same level as the terminal and the entry door to the Ro-Ro vessel. So, people can drive their vehicles directly into the vessel,” said the official.


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