VISAKHAPATNAM: After Cochin, Goa and Chennai ports, the City of Destiny Visakhapatnam port will soon have an International Marine Cruise Tourism (IMCT) project launched from here. As per reports published in the Deccan Chronicle, Panamax cruise ships will be operated to Singapore,Malayaisa, Sri Lanka, and other important tourism destinations. This is being done under the aegisof the Central ministry of tourism, ports, shipping and waterways.
Panamax vessels have a capacity of ferrying 2,000 to 2,500 passengers.
For this purpose a cruise terminal berth (CTB) and a modern terminal building is being built in the area of 2,000 square meters by Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT). These structures will be built at the outer harbour of the Vizag port at a total cost of Rs 96.05 crore, where Rs 64.24 crore for the berth and Rs 31.81 crore for the terminal building.
The facilities at the terminal include passenger gangways, lounges, restaurants, entertainment and recreation shopping, customs and immigration at the terminal building in the area of 15,000 square meters behind the berth.
New Delhi-based Creative Group, an architectural consultancy, was entrusted with the design work.
The overall length of the CTB will be 330 meters and the width 15 meters. The design work of the berth was entrusted to the IIT Madras.
All requisite clearances except an environmental clearance from the AP state level Environment Impact Assessment Authority have been made for the CTB, for which the works will be awarded shortly.
A no-objection certificate from the Eastern Naval Command for CTB for the cruise terminal has already been obtained by the authorities. Vizag port officials are hopeful that the project should be operational by end of 2022.