Vizag is set to alter an abandoned cargo ship into a floating restaurant

Published on : Wednesday, October 20, 2021

A number of issues related to technicalities of the matter have actually made the government’s proposal to holdup for some time to turn the deserted Bangladesh cargo ship MV Maa along the coast of Vizag into a floating hotel or conference venue.


The government needs the clearance of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and environment department to keep the ship at shore. This has become a pretty tough a task.


On October 2020, this 80-meter-long ship drifted from its anchorage point at Visakhapatnam Port Trust and ran aground at Tenneti Park near Jodugullapalem and Kailasagiri hill on Beach Road. The tourism department after some days of the incident planned to acquire the ship and change it into a tourist attraction. The Port City is known for its TU-142 Aircraft Museum and INS Kursura Museum that successfully attracts many domestic as well as international tourists every year.


However, till now, no detailed project report (DPR) has been prepared to change this ship into a floating tourist destination.


If it’s converted into a floating restaurant, the 3,000-tonne cargo vessel will draw tourists now, state tourism minister M Srinivasa Rao told TOI.


“Efforts are on for the proposal. Officers concerned in the department are trying to get the permissions. We hope all hurdles will be cleared soon,” the minister said.

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