International Cruise Terminal to Transform Goa’s Infrastructure: Sonowal

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GOA: Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways said the International Cruise Terminal, a flagship project of Mormugao Port Authority (MPA)will help transform Goa’s infrastructure and waterways.

He was addressing a rally after laying the foundation stone for the development of international and domestic cruise terminals in the presence of Chief Minister Shri Pramod Sawant, Union Minister of State for PSW and Tourism Shripad Naik, Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar, Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho, Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte, MPs Krishna (Daji) Salkar and Sankalp Amonkar.

“There will be modernization, digitalization and upgrading of all ports and waterways in India. Cruise terminals which will help Goa to develop not only as a tourism dependent state but will be an economic superpower in the years to come,” Sonowal said.

Chief Minister Shri Pramod Sawant said the international cruise terminal when completed will be able to deliver an exponentially higher volume of cruise ships and cargo and generate thousands of employment opportunities.

Chairman of AMP and NMPA Dr. Venkata Ramana Akkaraju said that under the central government’s Sagarmala and Gati Shakti initiative, there will be a major modernization of all ports and waterways across India and in particular Mormugao Port.

“This will increase cargo handling capacity and also boost the tourism industry. The international cruise terminal will add to Goa’s economy and generate job opportunities,” he said.

The cruise terminal project is jointly funded by the Ministry of Tourism under the Tourism Infrastructure Development Program and the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways under the Sagarmala Programme, which will serve as gateway to Goa. Another INR 21 crore will be invested by a private operator for the operation and maintenance of the terminal in PPP mode.

The project will be developed on a 13.4 acre area of ​​land adjacent to the existing Break Water (Cruise Berth) berth providing additional berth facilities for domestic cruisers on the Buffer berth and the berth mooring 3.

The project also involves facilities for RO-RO, Ro-PAX ​​and Ferry services which are unique in nature to benefit both international and domestic cruise passengers, to cross to North Goa and other tourist destinations using waterway transport. The total cost of the project is Rs.101.72 Cr for the development of the terminal.

The MPA has also announced the plan to construct a flyover access ramp to the Baina Port Railway to facilitate the movement of goods from the storage yards at an estimated cost of Rs 26.13 crore with the help funding from the PSW Ministry under the Sagarmala program.

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