Visakhapatnam Port trust to build International Cruise Terminal
Visakhapatnam will soon become a hub for leisure tourists with the Visakhapatnam Port Trust finalizing a blueprint to construct an international cruise terminal in the city.
While Central Water and Power Research Station, Pune, has submitted favourable reports on shoreline and navigational studies, IIT-Madras will submit its final report by month-end.
In the draft report, the IIT experts found the proposal viable. Reported The Hindu.
Visakhapatnam Port trust plans to build International Cruise Terminal between Visakha Container Terminal and entry channel, the terminal will be able to handle 300-metre long ships and which can carry around 1,500 passengers.
According to The Hindu article, The Visakhapatnam Port Trust authorities are planning to implement either call on cruise model or hub port in Visakhapatam, where in Call-on Crusie the luxury ships will reach early in the day and leave late in the evening and in hub port model, cruise liners may have a halt in the city for a few days.
In an interview with The Hindu, VPT Chairman M.T. Krishna Babu told
“We want to develop the terminal, the first of its kind in the east coast, at a cost of ₹80 crore out of which half will be mobilised from our internal accruals,”
The Ministry of Tourism has decided in principle to sanction the remaining ₹40 crore. Visakhapatnam Port has enough draft available in both Inner harbour(14.5) and outer harbour(18.10).
At present, India has international terminals in Mumbai, Kochi, Goa, Chennai and Mangalore. and a New high-end terminal is being constructed in Mumbai at a cost of ₹300 crore.