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Cruise ship could not anchor at Puducherry Port

Shocking but true the Cruise vessel MV Empress that arrived from Visakhapatnam Port c carrying tourists could not anchor outside Puducherry port since the Union territory governed by the central government has no cruise shipping policy.

The proposal to anchor the cruise ship outside the port ,take tourists to the city by boats was given up and the ship made a bee line back to Chennai dropping Puducherry from its itinerary on June tenth.


 UT lacks a cruise shipping policy,


While the Puducherry government did not reject the cruise liner's application, they have not approved it either. This was because the UT lacks a cruise shipping policy, the rate to be levied for the anchorage facilities, the allied infrastructure and logistics at the Puducherry Port. The port has not handled cruise ships in its long history and infrastructure needs to be put in place.

Though the cruise liner has informed the Puducherry administration about its intention to drop anchor outside the port a month in advance, the UT administration’s red tape ensured that things did not move. The administration woke up at the last minute and but it was too late. There was no time to arrange logistics. The administration got in touch with Chennai port for the arrangements to be made to receive the vessel at the port but the efforts ended in vain late.

The cruise operators had planned to take passengers to visit the Aurobindo Ashram, beaches, art and craft village with the support from the Puducherry Tourism Development Corporation.

 About five hundred tourists had expressed their desire to visit Puducherry. Puducherry lost valuable tourists, which the government had been eager to attract due to the state government’s apathy.
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