Maharashtra has 35 creeks and rivers spread across 720 km long coast line. As per available information, approx. 15 million passengers in the coastal districts of the state use Inland Water Transport annually. The State Government has recognized the importance of Inland Water Transport and has tasked MSRDC as the implementing agency for development of passenger jetties on the Western Coast of Mumbai from Nariman Point to Borivali and on the Eastern Coast of Mumbai from South Mumbai to Navi Mumbai.
The Government of India, Ministry of Shipping under centrally sponsored scheme for development of inland water transport has approved eight projects in Maharashtra State at an estimated cost of Rs. 30 crores. The sites approved are Vishnupuri and Isapur in district Nanded, and Karanja, Mandwa, Rajpuri, Janjira, Dighi, and Agardanda in district Raigad. These projects are at various stages of implementation.