Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam to have cruise terminal by 2021

The favourite haunt of tourists coming to the city, from landlocked States, is the beach. They are sure to jump with joy, if given an opportunity to go around on a cruise liner to see the tourist attractions. This is soon going to be a reality in the port city.

Visakhapatnam will soon have a world-class ‘cruise terminal’ to tap the huge tourist potential. The construction of the terminal, to be taken up at a cost of ₹77 crore, will be jointly undertaken by the Tourism Department of the Government of India, and the Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT).

“The idea is to showcase the tourist attractions in and around the city to crew members of foreign vessels and foreigners coming into the city on short visits. Ships from Europe come here regularly and they can be taken to Bheemunipatnam and nearby areas. Cruise liners from various destinations within India like those from Chennai and Goa, can also make Vizag a port of call,” VPT Deputy Chairman P.L. Haranadh told The Hindu on Friday.

‘Deep sea parties’

“The third area we are exploring is ‘deep sea parties’, where groups of fun-loving people can go out and have a birthday bash or other parties on the high seas. This will give them an altogether different experience. The construction of the berth will cost ₹55 crore and the cruise terminal building about ₹22 crore. The cost will be equally shared by the Central Tourism Department and the VPT,” he said.

“The two-floor terminal building will have a duty-free shop, restaurant, baggage scanners and a coffee shop. Adequate parking space and greenery will be developed around the terminal building. Creative Group of Mumbai has been entrusted with the task of designing the terminal building and they have given us three alternatives. We finalised one of the designs and approved it at the VPT Board meeting. IIT, Madras, has given us the design for the berth,” Mr. Haranadh said.

Tenders will be called in the next three to four days, finalised in three months and construction is expected to begin in January 2020 and scheduled for completion by March 2021. Tenders for construction of the terminal building will also be called and the work will be taken up simultaneously, he added.

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