The much-awaited ferry service between Goa and Mumbai will be restarted in December. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that the ferry project will be a part of the Sagar Mala project, the Union government’s initiative towards modernizing India’s ports.
There was a ferry operating on this route until the 1980s. The service stopped because the vessels were appropriated by the Indian Navy during its peacekeeping operations in Sri Lanka. The service never restarted afterwards.
According to Gadkari, the ferry service will not only give travellers a unique experience but also reduce pollution and create new jobs. The Union Minister has also urged resorts to build floating jetties to welcome tourists arriving by the sea route.
Goa usually experiences a surge in the number of tourists visiting the state in December. The ferry will travel across the scenic Konkan coast to reach Mumbai. However, details about the fares, capacity and frequency of the ferry service are yet to be revealed.
Image credit: Konkan Shakti 70s (barretto.in).