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In a first, Kerala to try water taxis

Sep 15, 2020 12:38 IST

You may soon be able to board a water taxi in Kerala! The state is trialling 10-seater water taxis, the first of which is expected to be launched in October in the backwaters in Alappuzha district. An order for four boats, that can be doubled up as taxis, has been placed by the State Water Transport Department. Just like regular taxis, people interested can call on a phone number and the boat will pick and drop them to the required destination at a speed of 15 nautical miles per hour, while charging them on an hourly basis. The catamarans, built by Kochi based Navgathi will not operate on any fixed routes unlike regular boats.