DELHI: The Government clarified that promotion of cruise circuits for tourism is primarily the responsibility of the state governments, while the Centre provides financial help.
In a written reply to advocate Majeed Memon of Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya said on April 10 the Tourism Ministry provides financial aid to the state as also the port authorities for various tourism projects, including cruise terminals and cruise vessels reports Free Press Journal.
He said 128 tourist cruise ships visited five major ports of Mumbai, Mormugao, Cochin, Chennai and New Mangalore in 2015-16 and their number went up to 158 in 2016-17. Besides a 40% rebate to the coastal vessels, he said the ports provide 25% in vessel-related charges to promote the cruise liners.
In reply to another question by K K Ragesh, the minister said the cargo vessels have started plying on three national waterways, one in Assam, another in Kerala and third from Haldia to Allahabad.