Centre will give Rs 500crore to the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI)
to buy ships and catamarans to start passenger transport, Ro-Ro (roll on and
roll off) services and cruise tourism. Three jetties have been constructed in
Mumbai and JNPT port so that the cruise tourism of the country will be centered
minister made the announcement in Mumbai on July fifth while speaking at an
industrial event. He said his government would recommend withdrawal of Goods
and Services Tax and Customs Duty on cruise liners and ships for at least five
years in a bid to promote tourism by sea.
Mumbai Port trust with the help of local bodies have already built three
jetties in Mandva(Alibaug), Ferry Wharf in Mumbai and Neru near JNPT in Navi
Mumbai the minister said Maharashtra had
realized the huge potential and demand for cruising and passenger transport.
Indians go to Singapore to get into a cruise for Bali islands. But Bali is
close to Andaman Islands the minister said.
than reducing port charges and waving off certain rules for foreign and
domestic seaplanes to operate, government will also invest Rs 500 crore on its
own to buy cruises and ships. Government maritime or port agencies can run them
on their own or lease them out. The government is ready to bear the losses
initially, if any," Gadkari said .
With the thrust on clean fuel, the centre has also decided to run ten methanol
based buses in Mumbai on an experimental basis.