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Ferry rides from Chowpatty soon? Mumbai to get duck boats in tourism push

The vehicle will ply on roads as well as float in water

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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 With an aim to boost in the state, government is all set to start an amphibious bus service, popularly known as duck boats, which will allow people to experience the rich hinterland of Mumbai.

The vehicle, which will ply on roads as well as float in water, will be launched as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed recently between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Development Corporation (MTDC).
The Goa government had also recently flagged off an amphibious joyride service.

According to MTDC's Joint Managing Director Satish Soni, Goa is not the first state to start such a service.
"Such type of buses were in use in Amby Valley located near Lonavala. I have myself travelled in it a year back. But the new amphibious bus service will be the first time that is foraying in to attract tourists," Soni said.

He said these buses will be owned by JNPT and will operate it.

Asked when will the service be available for tourists, Soni said, "We first need to construct a jetty and a floating ramp so that it can come out of the sea onto the land." He said plans to construct the jetty at Girgaum and the corporation has sought permission for it from Coastal Regulatory Authority.

"It will cost us more than Rs 3 crore and the proposal is in the pipeline. But, soon ferrying of passengers will begin from the coast of Girgaum," he said. 

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Ferry rides from Chowpatty soon? Mumbai to get duck boats in tourism push

The vehicle will ply on roads as well as float in water

Maharashtra government is all set to start an amphibious bus service
 With an aim to boost in the state, government is all set to start an amphibious bus service, popularly known as duck boats, which will allow people to experience the rich hinterland of Mumbai.

The vehicle, which will ply on roads as well as float in water, will be launched as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed recently between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Development Corporation (MTDC).
The Goa government had also recently flagged off an amphibious joyride service.

According to MTDC's Joint Managing Director Satish Soni, Goa is not the first state to start such a service.
"Such type of buses were in use in Amby Valley located near Lonavala. I have myself travelled in it a year back. But the new amphibious bus service will be the first time that is foraying in to attract tourists," Soni said.

He said these buses will be owned by JNPT and will operate it.

Asked when will the service be available for tourists, Soni said, "We first need to construct a jetty and a floating ramp so that it can come out of the sea onto the land." He said plans to construct the jetty at Girgaum and the corporation has sought permission for it from Coastal Regulatory Authority.

"It will cost us more than Rs 3 crore and the proposal is in the pipeline. But, soon ferrying of passengers will begin from the coast of Girgaum," he said. 

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Ferry rides from Chowpatty soon? Mumbai to get duck boats in tourism push

The vehicle will ply on roads as well as float in water

 With an aim to boost in the state, government is all set to start an amphibious bus service, popularly known as duck boats, which will allow people to experience the rich hinterland of Mumbai.

The vehicle, which will ply on roads as well as float in water, will be launched as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed recently between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Development Corporation (MTDC).
The Goa government had also recently flagged off an amphibious joyride service.

According to MTDC's Joint Managing Director Satish Soni, Goa is not the first state to start such a service.
"Such type of buses were in use in Amby Valley located near Lonavala. I have myself travelled in it a year back. But the new amphibious bus service will be the first time that is foraying in to attract tourists," Soni said.

He said these buses will be owned by JNPT and will operate it.

Asked when will the service be available for tourists, Soni said, "We first need to construct a jetty and a floating ramp so that it can come out of the sea onto the land." He said plans to construct the jetty at Girgaum and the corporation has sought permission for it from Coastal Regulatory Authority.

"It will cost us more than Rs 3 crore and the proposal is in the pipeline. But, soon ferrying of passengers will begin from the coast of Girgaum," he said. 

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