<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The fate of its proposed water transport project on the route may be uncertain, but the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) may go ahead with the construction of standalone jetties at Nariman Point and Borivali.The MMB had floated expressions of interest (EoI) for developing passenger ferry services between NCPA at Nariman Point and Borivali with plans for stoppages at locations like Bandra, Versova, Marve, Juhu in the subsequent phase to link South Mumbai and the western suburbs. However, the rough seas on the western seaboard which affected operations, the proposed coastal road between South Mumbai and Kandivali and the likely low rate of return, led to second thoughts on the already-delayed project.”The MMB is planning to develop the proposed jetties near NCPA at Nariman Point and at Borivali. Regardless of the fate of the water transport project, these jetties can be used for purposes such as decongesting the anchorage at the Gateway of India and New Ferry Wharf, tourism, cruises, water sports and seaplanes. The jetties can be used for launching ferry services to other locations, including Goa and the Konkan,” said a senior MMB official.This will also reduce the MMB’s dependence on the jetties at the Gateway of India and the New Ferry Wharf, which are under the control of the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT).”The two jetties can be developed on standalone basis. The NCPA jetty can be used for water transport operations across Maharashtra’s coastline while the jetty at Borivali, the site for which is located in the creek, can be used across the year due to the sheltered waters which makes it ideal for tourism purposes… the process is underway and instructions have been given to examine the viability,” he added.The MMB board, which met under chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, had approved a study for the west coast water transport project. Officials from the board claimed that through the creation of public transport facilities may not be financially viable, it was necessary from the point of view of public convenience.The potentiality of the water-transport sector in Mumbai and on Maharashtra’s 720km coastline remains under-utilised. Conceived almost a decade ago, the west coast water transport project has been overtaken by subsequent infrastructure addition plans including the coastal road.NO JETTY JITTERSMMB had floated expressions of interest for developing passenger ferry services between NCPA and Borivali. Stoppages will be at Bandra, Versova, Marve, Juhu in the subsequent phase, and will link South Mumbai with western suburbs. MMB board had approved a study for the west coast water project.

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MMB to have jetties at Borivali, NCPA