Shipping Ministry has identified five cruise circuits each for international, domestic and river that can be developed immediately. This plays an integral part of the government’s ambitious Rs 12 lakh crore Sagarmala project.
The initial circuits would be India-Sri Lanka-Maldives-Seychelles, India-Dubai, India-Singapore and India-Maldives as confirmed by the government officials.
Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, India, said that Mumbai alone will witness 100 cruises, while Goa, Mangalore and Cochin will witness 60 and Chennai 11. Gadkari added, “We brought several reforms and will take more to promote Cruise Tourism even in major rivers such as Ganga. Under Sagarmala, we will pump around Rs 8 lakh crore for developing industrial clusters and another Rs 4 lakh crore for port-rail and port-road connectivity, mechanisation and modernisation of ports.”
“More than 100 cruise ships usually reach five major Indian ports every year, but they stop here to board and de-board passengers. Our target is to ensure they spend more time here and passengers visit cities, which will push local economic activities,” said a Shipping Ministry official.