Public Water Transport in Mumbai

Cities today are bustling developments evolving as centres for social engagement, capital
generation and cultural amalgamation. They consist of a dense urban fabric that reflects
the very core idea of the city and its ever-changing landscape. An integral part of any city
is its transport and mobility infrastructure. They are the fundamental components directly
responsible for the development and expansion of cities and urban societies. Societies
have become increasingly dependent on their transit systems to support a wide array of
activities ranging from everyday commuting and tourism to supporting sustainable
economic development and participating in the global economy.
The focus of the study is on Mumbai and its saturated transport infrastructure and attempts
to present an architectural solution in water transport. Public water transport can be the
ideal solution keeping in view the city’s water dominated context. It may be paradoxical to
consider water transport as an alternative at this stage as it has not been developed to
any meaningful level anywhere in the country as on date.
Keeping in mind the multiple failed attempts at water transport this thesis attempts to
ideate an architectural intervention of a ferry terminal which can be repeated to create a
functional water transport network in Mumbai.