PM Modi to launch water taxi service from Mumbai in January

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the long-awaited water taxi service from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai during his visit here in the first week of January, official sources in the government said.

The PM will also inaugurate a chemical terminal at the Mumbai Port Trust that has been operational since October, and perform the ground-breaking ceremony for another chemical terminal at the port.

The water taxi, which will cut the commute time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, was first planned three decades ago. It was taken up seriously over the last few years as part of the Centre’s inland waterways initiative. One central and two state agencies — the Mumbai Port Trust, Maharashtra Maritime Board and CIDCO — worked in tandem on the project. The water taxi will transport commuters between Mumbai and the two Navi Mumbai jetties, which will include a stop at JNPT. Another service will go between Mumbai and Rewas in Raigad district.

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