First, it was Mumbai Bangkok Cruise. Now, Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister announced that they are working on a cruise route from Mumbai to Bali and that will take you via Kochi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
As per the plan mentioned by Mr Gadkari, the Mumbai Port Trust is ready to develop a state-of-the-art cruise terminal near Ballard Pier, which will be capable of catering more than around 7 Lakh passengers annually once it’s completely ready.
Mr Gadkari said, “I had a meeting with a minister from Indonesia. We had a conversation over the idea of having a cruise from Mumbai to Bali via Goa, Kochin, and Andaman & Nicobar Island. Indians usually travel to Singapore and Bangkok by cruise. But in future, they will be able to cruise to Bali too”. This statement will definitely lead to promote cruise tourism which was almost negligible in India.
“80 cruise ships are running from Mumbai. We have developed a state of the art terminal for the ships. Goa has also a number of cruise vessels. We expect that around 950 cruise vessels will be cruising from Goa in next 5 years”, told reporters.
Now, come to the initiative of seaplane taken by the government, Mr Gadakri told,”All rules and initiatives have been taken by Air Traffic Control Authorities for seaplanes. It will be finalized this month”.