The state water transport department (STWD) has started the first water taxi service from Kerala today from October 18. Following the water taxi test, SWTD ordered four such boats to be used as taxis for public service. STWD director Shaji V Nair said that four boats would be used for service with all advance safety precautions. It is a diesel powered vehicle that will carry 10 passengers at a time and its maximum speed is 10 nautical miles (35 km) per hour. He said that the cost of the boats is about 50 lakh rupees. Also read: Maldives-India cargo ferry service will strengthen bilateral relations: PM Modi
The boats have been built by Kochi based Firm Navgathi, which has earlier built India’s first solar ferry Aditya. Like the modern technology, this water taxi will also be powered by a specific number which will enable pickup facility. The fee will be on an hourly basis and at a reasonable price, Shaji ensured.
#WATCH Kerala: State’s first water taxi service, launched in the backwaters of Alappuzha, ferries passengers.
Catamaran diesel-powered craft, with seating capacity for 10 passengers, is 1st in a series of 4 boats, that State Water Transport Department is planning to introduce. pic.twitter.com/twRqrK797P
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The Catamaran, a 4-boat series of boats with a seating capacity of 10 passengers, is the country’s first water taxi boat. This boat with a seating capacity of 10 passengers will take the passengers to their destination. The tariff has been fixed at Rs 750 for 30 minutes.