Soon, travel Mumbai to Goa by sea route
State government is taking steps to revive Mumbai-Goa sea route transport which is closed for more than two decades
Ratnagiri: The State government is taking steps to revive Mumbai-Goa sea route transport which is closed for more than two decades. As per the reports government has called tenders from private companies to provide affordable transport through this route. They are also planning to support this transport through tourism as the ship will visit tourist places on the voyage.
Mumbai-Goa highway was the most used route to travel to Goa before Konkan Railway. Air route was not affordable for ordinary tourists whereas sea route was the most suitable one. This service had received fairly good response then.
‘Konkan Sevak’ and ‘Konkan Shakti’ were two ships that used to transport between Mumbai and Goa. The service was closed later.
Meanwhile, Damania Company started their hovercraft service which was also closed where the sea route transport halted completely. The attempts to restart these services were made several times but they did not really work.
Now the State government has taken initiative to kick start this transport again. Some private companies reportedly have inquired for tenders to Maritime Board.
A vessel to be used for this transport is expected to have capacity to carry around 500 travelers. Maritime Board expects the journey to complete in 8-9 hours with the fare similar to the railways.
To attract tourists towards this transport they are planning to organize folk dances, entertainment programs and indoor games on the ship. From tourism perspective, ship may halt at tourist places like Ganpatipule, Malvan, Vengurle and Tarkarli. Refreshments will be arranged for tourists at these spots.
The service will possibly start in near future. Maritime Board is also reviewing causes of failure of previous services so that they can run these services well in future.