Panaji (Agencies): Goa government is expected to earn revenue of Rs 3.65 crore annually through its passenger ships, which ferry people from island to the mainland.

State River Navigation Minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar told the State Legislative Assembly on Wednesday that there are 12 ferry boat routes connecting various islands, which transport people to the mainland.

He said people living on islands will not be charged for the service but other commuters will have to pay Rs 2 per head and Rs 5 per two-wheeler.

He added that the government identified seven islands for this purpose.

On all 12 routes, 17 ferry boats have been pressed into service.

Dhavalikar said the proposal to charge commuters and two wheelers is based on the recommendation of the committee appointed by the government to study River Navigation department and suggest improvement of the functioning of the department.

The minister said an additional 20 posts of ticket collectors is required at the first instance if the toll-fee is to be collected from commuters and two-wheelers.