Port Wings News Network:
Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Mr Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on 11 January 2018 laid the foundation stone for an international cruise terminal at Ballard Pier, Mumbai.
According to Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) official release, the port will handle the modernization and expansion of the terminal at an estimated cost of Rs197 crore.
The revamp is aimed to transform Mumbai into an international cruise destination and the new terminal will have all facilities that passengers get at the airports, said a report in Hindustan Times Daily.
According to the cruise tourism roadmap prepared by M/s.Bermelo & Ajamil and Ernst & Young, close to 4 million passengers are expected to visit India in the coming years, and 3 million passengers are expected to take cruises from the Mumbai Port.
Sanjay Bhatia, chairman, MbPT, said, “The project will be undertaken in two phases, wherein by the end of this year, we will be able to cater to two lakh passengers. Post the completion by the end of 2019, the new terminal will cater to more than seven lakh passengers, with facilities on a par with international standards.”
The facilities will include shopping areas, hotels and separate lounges for arrival and departure. Mr Bhatia stated: “Once the project is completed, the operation and maintenance will be carried out on a public-private partnership model. We will issue tenders for it in a month.”
In 2016-17, the Mumbai Port got around 55 cruise ships carrying about 60,000 passengers.
Terming the cruise policy as India’s economic growth engine, the government aims to increase the cruise liner traffic to India 10-fold to 700 vessels a year. To start with, five ports—Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore, Chennai and Kochi—will be developed as cruise hubs.
Over 1.5 lakh youth will get employment in JNPT SEZ in next 3 yrs: Nitin Gadkari
Mr Nitin Gadkari said that the idea of constructing a cruise terminal was conceived to promote cruise tourism in India. The terminal is being built under Sagarmala project at a cost of Rs. 300 Crore and is expected to be completed by December 2019 in three phases apart from marine and parking, it will involve civil, mechanical and electrical expertise.
Addressing the event, Mr Gadkari said over 1.5 lakh youth will get employment in JNPT SEZ IN next 3 years.
Spread across 2 hectare, the Terminal is being constructed to the best global benchmarks to berth super-liner cruise ships.
It will have facilities like shopping malls, duty free shops, restaurants and hotels. Tourists with E-visa will have special attractions at the terminal.
Nitin Gadkari also said that owing to the huge tourism potential of Mumbai, it is envisioned that 950 cruises will arrive in the port city in the next 5 years.
Modi Govt has laid special emphasis on water transportation. The government intends to modernize waterways as an efficient, eco-friendly and economical goods and passenger transportation medium.
Under the Sagarmala project and National Water Ways Act , 2016 , 20275 kms long 111 new river ways will be transformed as national water ways. Government aims to promote tourism through these mediums.