Shipping Ministry sets committee for cruise tourism

Published on : Tuesday, July 11, 2017

s20170627110187The Central Shipping Ministry is now focusing on the cruise tourism for the generation of revenue and for this, the ministry has set up a committee to inspect and scrutinise on the opportunity for the growth of the cruise tourism in Indian waterways.



The committee that will be formed by Shipping Ministry will look after the system requirements, a dedicated approach for the cruise terminals, security layers and the reach to all the people. The committee will also consider a single window system and the reduction of the security layer for passengers.



The Shipping Ministry had hired a global consultant to set up a master action plan with an objective to make the customer-friendly and hassle free logistics process. The Ministry also has shortlisted some of the proposals given by the consultancy firm for the development of the cruise tourism in India.



India is rich in waterways- of both inland and outland. The rivers, lakes, lagoons and seas provide an ample opportunity for luxury and middle-class cruise tourism in India. The Government of India asked the global consultancy firm to implement the projects in a time bound manner.



The cruise tourism project will also give stress on the single window system for all pre-cruise requirements for cruise operators, which include the entry of vehicles, personnel and tourist guides, electronically doing away with checking of registration, license papers of the vehicle at each time. The Ministry recommended the nine points of security for the cruise tourism project.



The committee is also responsible for the examination of the proposals to streamline security procedures by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at all ports. The committee will also give stress on the intensified security checkups, multiple checking creating a logistic issue for the cruise corporation. The committee while submitting the report affirmed that the security ios the major hurdle for this industry.



The committee will also observe on the proposals for joint collaboration between the Bureau of Immigration and CISF to revamp the obtainable process to give an enjoyable experience to the cruise tourists visiting India. The committee will also look after the passengers will get the easy security check-up only once while entering a cruise.



The Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari commented that the cruise tourism policy will help in drawing up to 700 cruise vessels a year. The cruise passengers for India stood at 1.76 lakhs in 2016-2017, which was merely 0.5% of the global share. Domestic cruise passengers are expected to grow to 1.5 million by 2031-2032.  Out of 12 major ports, 5 ports like Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, New Mangalore and Chennai have the facilities to moor the international cruise ships.

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