Mumbai to Elephanta in 14 minutes?

The next time you’re deciding to take a break away from the din of the city, don’t cancel the plan fearing a long commute to reach there. At least, if you are in South Mumbai. The island of Gharapuri that has Elephanta Caves — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — will soon be a zip and zoom away, quite literally! The Mumbai Port Trust is going to build a ropeway that connects Sewri to Elephanta, which will get you there in just 14 minutes (one way). This is four times less than the than the hour-long duration that a ferry takes.

Set to be the country’s first ropeway over the sea, this will connect Mumbai’s mainland with the Elephanta Island over a distance of eight kms. Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust, says, “We are extremely keen on this project as it’s going to be a huge help to Mumbaikars, in addition to drawing travellers. As per plans, the two places will be connected by a ropeway, with poles in between. So far, we’ve received expression of interest from 6-7 major bidders and have gone through their ideas. We will now invite regular bids for it.”