Excited? Travelling to Goa or even making plans for Goa is supremely exciting, imagine travelling in a ferry from one coastal town to another? Soon, that will be a reality.
The work on the Mumbai-Goa waterway started back in 2015, when a lot of buzz was created in the media about the new mode of travel. But did you know that are not ‘starting’ a ferry service but ‘restarting’ it?
Until the 1980s, this ferry service was very much operational. There were two vessels, Konkan Shakti and Konkan Sevak that ferried passengers on this route. Later, during the Sri Lankan war, the vessels were taken off that route.
Also, until 1994, a hovercraft was operational on this route.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari recently announced that from December, this scenic route will be open for travel. This route is a part of Sagar Mala project of the government that aims to improve the infrastructure of India’s ports.
Not much information is available about the stops, the fare or about the frequency. According to india.com, the cruise liners will have the capacity to carry 200-300 passengers. Possible stops along the route could be Ratnagiri, Raigad, Vijaydurg and Malvan. And the ride would take close to 7 hours.
Can’t keep calm?
Keep watching this space for more updates.
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