After Mumbai, Delhi Is Gearing Up For Ferry Rides
Delhites will soon be able to ferry their way over Yamuna if the pilot project which is scheduled to start after monsoon sees the light of day. At present, the plan is to start the ferry service for a few kilometers once the monsoon season gets over. The idea is to develop this option as a major tourist attraction. The project will be funded by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and has approved Rs 7.55 crore for the trial project.
The pilot water taxi project will be limited between Tronica City in Ghaziabad to Sonia Vihar in Delhi and would take about 30-40 minutes to complete the ride. For the trial purpose, the motorized boats will be hired from external agencies. Once the infrastructure and jetties are ready, battery-operated vessels will be brought in which can also work on diesel. Currently, the environment impact assessment study is being conducted and will be completed by the end of June.
However, a study conducted by the shipping ministry in 2015 had revealed that a section between Palla and Wazirabad is navigable while the rest of the stretch that is Wazirabad to Okhla is unsuitable and can be only used for limited transportation and recreation unless the quality and quantity of the water is improved. Also, the report also suggested that the water taxi project can be used as a feeder service to major metro stations such as Kashmere Gate and Indraprastha as both the stations are close to the riverfront.
Once the assessment report is submitted, the authority will then approach the principal committee of National Green Tribunal (NGT) for the go ahead. After setting up the facilities, the IWAI will hand over the task to the Delhi government. The authorities will not do any construction for jetties as per the direction of NGT. The pilot project is scheduled to get operational by the end of December.