The much-awaited International cruise terminal with requisite infrastructure including world-class amenities, resting facilities, parking, road connectivity will be the new addition to the tourism fad in Visakhapatnam. Visakhapatnam Port Trust(VPT) is all set to construct the cruise terminal with an estimated cost of Rs. 103 crores to make Vizag an international cruise destination.
VPT will call for bids for the construction of a world-class cruise terminal, once the revised estimates are vetted by the central government. Earlier the plan of the cruise terminal got stuck due to revised plans and the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ministry of Tourism and VPT will share the total cost equally. The Chairman of the VPT K Rama Mohana Rao said, “apart from ensuring faster evacuation cargo, we will also keen on promoting tourism as part of an initiative to give a big boost to port-led development.”Towards this endeavour, we have already earmarked 10 acres out of 30 acres of land required for the terminal complex, he added.
In the past, VPT deputed teams to Mumbai and Goa to study the terminals there to explore replication. The IIT-Madras suggested the berth design and the architectural designing of the cruise building will be done by Creative Group from Mumbai. The cruise complex is proposed to have duty-free shopping, souvenir shops, a cafeteria, parking space, and rooms for recreation. Adequate greenery will be developed around the terminal building. Initially, it is proposed to attract short visits by cruise liners initially and subsequently to explore long visits depending on feedback from international tourists. In the year 2019, Silver Discoverer, a 7-star cruise terminal, had brought tourists from Europe, America and other countries to Visakhapatnam three times and the response was quite impressive.