Transport

VPT aims to develop a cruise terminal

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) has initiated steps to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) to identify facilities required for development of a cruise terminal at its inner harbour.

The DPR will take into consideration the facilities required for attracting cruise vessels and also the architectural and structural designs apart from the potential at Vizag for cruise tourism, VPT sources said, adding that the report may be completed in the next three months, reports The Times of India.

At present, VPT sees a passenger-cum-cargo ship ply from Vizag to Andaman & Nicobar Islands operated by the island administration. If the cruise terminal comes up, VPT can become an international cruise hub.

VPT is currently replacing the four berths of EQ (East Quay) 2 to 5 by developing them into two multipurpose terminals as part of its modernisation programme. According to the sources, VPT intends to develop a facility to accommodate passengers arriving on international cruise vessels at the multipurpose terminal being developed on the EQ 2 to 5 berths.

“We have decided to prepare a feasibility-cum-detailed project report for development of required facilities with all amenities for international cruise tourism behind EQ2 to 5 berths. The consultant will provide a detailed business plan with traffic potential, designs and estimated costs involved for the project. Also, the viability of the project will be studied based on which the port will take a decision about developing the facilities,” a VPT official said.

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