Uber, the world’s largest ridesharing company, has announced a pilot launch of its new UberBOAT service in Mumbai, in partnership with Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB). India is only the second country, after Croatia, to get the UberBOAT service. Uber’s is thinking to transform a multi-modal transit platform in India. The uber’s new on-demand speed boat service will facilitate customers to use waterways as a mode of transportation from the city’s famous coastal routes namely Gateway of India, Mandwa (near Alibaug), and Elephanta Islands.
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The service was meant to start on 1 February but now has been delayed. The speedboat service can be booked through the Uber app. This makes it likely the first, indeed the most convenient, app-based speedboat hire service in India. Passengers can call two variants of speedboats based on seating capacity: a six- or eight-seater UberBOAT and a 10-seater UberBOAT XL. These rides will cost Rs 5,700 for UberBOAT and Rs 9,500 for BOAT XL, for all the active routes. According to the references – Passengers will be able to book either a seat or the entire speedboat 15 minutes before boarding.
Commenting on the launch of Uber Boat, Prabhjeet Singh, Head of Cities, Uber India & South Asia said, “We are excited to launch Uber Boat in Mumbai, in partnership with Maharashtra Maritime Board. As pioneers in the organized on-demand transport system, Uber’s vision is to create a multi-modal platform to better serve riders and the cities we operate in. With Uber Boat, we will tap the vast potential of the city’s waterways transport system. We aim to provide efficient and easily accessible services to riders who are looking at navigating through these specific routes. With this service, boat operators will be able to gain access to Uber’s highly engaged rider base and enhance their earning opportunity.”
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Mr. Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman of the Bombay Port Trust, said, “Our vision is to make Mumbai as the sea transport and tourism hub of the country in collaboration with Maharashtra Maritime Board. It is a pleasure to launch Uber Boat in Mumbai, a step to make the waterway commute more efficient and convenient. As we continue to reimagine the waterways of Mumbai through a host of ambitious projects and partnerships, we believe Uber Boat will play a pivotal role in improving connectivity and will work closely with Uber to make this pilot a success.”
Mr. Vikram Kumar, CEO, Maharashtra Maritime Board, said, “We are delighted to see the first ever and unique initiative by Uber to launch Uber Boat service in Mumbai. We are confident that this will further bolster the city’s waterway transport facilities by providing locals/Mumbaikars as well as tourists a reliable and convenient option to travel between Gateway of India, Mandwa and Elephanta. Additionally, Maharashtra maritime board will further strive and work with Uber to create new possibilities and augment business for local boat operators.”
This UberBOAT rides will come equipped with safety features like lifejackets, printed collaterals, emergency contact details along with manuals that highlight safety instructions. Moreover, UberBOAT will accommodate a part-time or full-time employment opportunity to frequent boat operators, in and around Mumbai.
Mumbai citizens will look ahead to the new mode of transport as aid from traffic-packed roads and congested trains. Will UberBOAT shine in this space? Let me know in the comment section below.