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NMMC PUTS FORTH PROPOSAL FOR VASAI-BELAPUR WATER ROUTE

NMMC-Lobbies--4In a significant move, NMMC is trying to commission water transport between the historic Vasai Fort and Belapur Fort. While expressing concern over the increasing levels of pollution in the Thane creek and recommending to streamline nullahs bringing waste from industrial areas and storm water drains, NMMC has put forth a proposal to the state for seeking from the Centre under the JNNURM so that water transport can be started via the Thane creek. The proposed project is likely to provide comfortable boat rides to commuters as compared to traveling by packed local trains and by road. The speed boats will be used to help commuters save time. While a similar project was initiated seven years ago which was aimed at offering transportation to Elephanta Island by hovercraft, purchased by CIDCO at a cost of nearly Rs4 crore failed due to being financially unviable, the corporation is having an optimistic approach. Bureau report – NMTV

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