Officegoers in Kalyan, Dombivali use ferry service to cut commute time

Written by

Sagar Rajput

| Mumbai |

October 17, 2020 3:49:52 am
The ferry ride has cut commute time by three-four hours. (Photo by Deepak Joshi)

WITH SUBURBAN train services restricted and rickety buses frequently stranded on potholed and congested roads, officegoers from Kalyan and Dombivali areas have resorted to a decade-old ferry service, which operates between Mangaon in Dombivali and Vellu in Bhiwandi, to cut down on travel time. Previously accessed only by local villagers to ferry goods to the city market, the service across the Ulhas creek can save nearly three-four hours commute.

Shreya Gavankar, who works at a mall in Thane, had been taking the state transport buses to reach her workplace since September. But long queues and traffic congestions, she says, took her more than three hours just to reach there. After she switched to travelling by a ferry till Bhiwandi, Gavankar says, she has managed to save four hours of daily travel.

I can reach office in about an hour. It also bypasses an hour-long waiting time at bus stands and the heavy traffic congestions from Manpada to Shilphata, Gavankar says. Currently, she takes a ferry from Mothagaon to Vellu, then an autorickshaw to Mankoli junction and another 15-minute autorickshaw ride to reach office.

Shakshata Verma, who also works in Thane, says, I never reach my workplace on time. Once I had left my house at 8 am and reached office at 11 am. On Thursday, I left office at 4.45 pm and r....

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