Mumbai’s New 'International Cruise Terminus' groundwork starts today
Union minister for transport and shipping Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for the city’s new 'International Cruise Terminus' at a ceremony organised by the Mumbai Port Trust at Ballard Pier
The foundation stone of Mumbai’s New International Cruise Terminus was laid today by Union minister for transport and shipping Nitin Gadkari. The ceremony was organised by the Mumbai Port Trust and was held at Ballard Pier. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis attended the event as well.
Addressing the gathering, Gadkari said the terminal is being built at the cost of ₹6500 Cr. Over 1.5 lakh people will get employment at Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust SEZ in Mumbai in the next 3 years.
Aim of the project
The revamp aims at transforming Mumbai into an international cruise destination. The government’s objective is to increase the cruise liner traffic to India 10-fold to 700 vessels a year.
The modernisation and the expansion of the terminal will be undertaken by the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT).
The project will be undertaken in two phases, wherein by the end of this year, it will be possible 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 par with international standards.
The operation and maintenance will be carried out on a public-private partnership model once the project is completed. The tenders are to be issued in the next month.
Facilities to be made available at the terminal
The facilities will include shopping areas, hotels and separate lounges for arrival and departure.
Cost of the revamp
The estimated cost of the project is ₹197 crore.