Mumbai-Surat AC Ferry Service to start from November

Gujarat government has given in-principle approval for a air-conditioned passenger ferry service between Hazira port in Surat and Bandra in Mumbai. The operations of this ferry service are likely to begin in November 2019.

Mumbai-Surat AC Ferry Service

The AC passenger ferry service will have 20 rooms and a capacity of 300 passengers.

Frequency: It will operate between Hazira port in Surat and Bandra in Mumbai once in a week to start with. Eventually, its frequency will be increased in future depending on public response and passenger traffic.

Timing: Initially, the cruise ship will start from Bandra at 7 pm on Thursday, and will arrive at Hazira (Surat) port at 9 am on Friday. Its return journey will begin at 6 pm Friday from Hazira, reaching Bandra at 8 pm Saturday.

Other Developments

Ro-Ro passenger ferry: Gujarat government operates a Roll On-Roll Off (Ro-Ro) passenger cum cargo ferry service between Dahej (in Surat) and Ghogha (in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district) under a public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

Gujarat will get an early warning dissemination system worth Rs.45 crore for early information on cyclones along its 1,600-km coastline. This system will be built by Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) under National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP). NCRMP is a joint undertaking of World Bank and National Disaster Management Authority.

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