The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) Monday is set to lay the foundation stone for a passenger water transport facility, said to drastically reduce the time and cost of travelling along the East coast of Mumbai. The MbPT will also inaugurate an upgraded passenger terminal hall at new Ferry Wharf and lay the foundation for two other projects; a fifth oil berth, a new bunkering facility at Jawahar Dweep. The Ministry of Shipping in collaboration with the state government has proposed the development of coastal shipping and passenger transport on Mumbai’s East coast.
Ferry Wharf at Mumbai, Mandwa at Alibaugh and Nerul at Navi Mumbai have been chosen as the ideal locations for setting up the transport facility. The MbPT claims that the transport facility will cut down time and cost of travelling considerably and passengers would be able to take their vehicles along with them. The proposed facility will be undertaken by MbPT, state Maritime Board and City and CIDCO and the terminal at Ferry Wharf is scheduled to commission on April 4 , 2018.