In Mumbai, you can Uber a speedboat on the sea and beat rush hour traffic


05 February 2019| 29 Jumadul Ulaa 1440| India Times 

Uber India has a new service in its kitty for its users in Mumbai. In a recent announcement, the ride hailing firm has now launched UberBOAT, a service offering boat rides to customers in the deep waters surrounding Mumbai.

UberBOAT initiated its operations on February 1, allowing customers to book a boat ride through the Uber app. For this, the firm will employ speed boats with a passenger capacity of six people.

As of now, Uber has finalised two routes for the service, Gateway of India to Mandwa Jetty, and Gateway of India to Elephanta, both widely renowned tourist destinations. Customers will have to shell out anywhere between Rs 5,700 to 9,500 per boat for the service. The latter would have an increased capacity of 10 plus passengers in one go.

Uber also aims to cut down on the travel time between the points through the speed boats. It claims that while conventional boats carry passengers on this route in around an hour, the speed boats employed by Uber will take only around 20 minutes.

Sea transport around Mumbai has been a viable option for many connected destinations since long. As per a report by TOI, Mumbai Port Trust says that there has been a demand for such a transport solution over waters from Navi Mumbai to south Mumbai. For now, Uber has not made clear of any future routes for its UberBOAT service though.