EsselWorld has started a ferry service between Marve and Manori following a request from the local Manori Koli Gramastha Mandal. The Mandal had approached EsselWorld as the ferry service that was operated by the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) stopped after a break down in September.
“We were approached by the local Koli society with a request for our large ferry. On ascertaining the criticality of the situation and the troubles faced by thousands of daily commuters from Gorai –Manori area, we have agreed to provide our ferry to them initially for a month. The tenure could be extended for a longer duration. It is our endeavor to contribute to the welfare of the community that we are an integral part of,” said Nilesh Mistry, Vice President, Corporate Affairs – Essel Infraprojects Ltd.
The ferry that was operated by the BMC broke down in September. Ever since the lives of school and college students, working women and fishermen from the island have been in doldrums. The BMC had then asked Esselworld for assistance and Esselworld provided their own ferries to the locals for immediate relief till such time as the ferry services would be restored. Although there is an effort at getting new ferries by the Mandal, there is no certainty as to when those ferries would be procured and will ply regularly on the Marve-Manori route.
To mark the occasion, a small ceremony was held at Marve jetty, where a large ferry from the fleet of Esselworld was formally launched by Alok Parashar, COO, EsselWorld, Ambrose from the Manori Koli Gramastha Mandal and Baldev Desai from Paryavaran Mitra Sanghatana. The local villagers, especially school children and the Koli women ex pressed their relief and gratitude for the services of the large, well-maintained, safe and secure ferry.
“As there is no other mode of transport apart from the ferry, available for us to commute from the mainland and the proposed plan for bridges across Marve-Manori and Borivali-Gorai creeks haven't seen the light of day, we thank EsselWorld for coming to our rescue,” said a Koli fisherwoman.
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