Plans afoot for five cruise terminals worth Rs 1500cr, says Nitin Gadkari

1/1/2015 - MUMBAI: Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari addresses media during a press conference in Mumbai - PTI Photo. [Nation, Maharashtra, Union Road, Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari]

New Delhi: On Tuesday Shipping and roads minister Nitin Gadkari conveyed that, the administration will invest Rs 1,500 crore to develop five cruise terminals in the nation. Minister further conveyed these terminals will be built in Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Cochin and close to Kandla port by the world’s best sail tourism and terminal operation corporations.

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The shipping and tourism ministries have mutually occupied EY to draw up an action plan for the expansion of cruise tourism in the nation to realize the massive potential of the sector. The administration requires easing the security, immigration, customs and health clearances for foreign tourists coming in India through sail.

Gadkari further added that the administration-owned main ports will be advancing deeply in this new vertical as he’s anticipating almost 700 cruises to arrive India in the approaching years. Previous year, over 100 cruise liners brought foreign tourists to India, largely to Mumbai.

Minister further conveyed that, about 10 lakh Indians book sail and most of them move Singapore to board it. We could develop the similsr facilities here also. Different Singaporean corporations operating the cruise lines business have revealed interest to commence operations in India. Gadkari further added that, I have met the top heads of Sats-Creuers and PSA.

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These are amongst the world’s best cruise terminal administration corporations and together have told that they require constructing top class cruise terminals in India.  We also desire to build floating restaurants in Mumbai. He was in talks with a chief airline of the nation to start seaplane services between Delhi and Mumbai.