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Kochi’s proposed cruise terminal aimed at global luxury liners

KOCHI: The tide is definitely turning for Kochi with a whole new wave of opportunities as the Queen of the Arabian Sea is looking at the future with confidence.

The proposed modern cruise terminal at the Kochi Port, which is expected to be commissioned by March 2019, is one such project that could offer the city multiple avenues for growth and development, reports Manorama.

The proposal, which was accorded in-principle approval by the Union Ministry of Tourism last year, is now awaiting the final clearance from the ministry.

So far, the authorities have received three tenders for the civil works associated with the project. The final scrutiny ahead of the selection process is currently under way.

After receiving the nod from the Ministry of Tourism, separate tenders will be invited for works related to electrification, fire safety measures, and security and surveillance systems.

Firms and contractors will be finalized once the project gets the final clearance from the ministry, it is learnt.

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