India-Singapore In Talks To Develop Cruise Tourism: Gadkari

India-Singapore In Talks To Develop Cruise Tourism: GadkariMinister for Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint via GettyImages)

Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari today (19 July) said that India and Singapore are in talks to develop cruise tourism in India, reports The Times of India. He was addressing a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Gadkari’s ministry has been working increasing India’s tourism potential for both river-based and in the open sea based cruises.

About one lakh tourists from India visit Singapore for cruise tourism. There is much scope for developing cruise tourism in India and Singapore can play a vital role in developing it here.
Nitin Gadkari

As per the government’s current plans, cruise facilities would be developed across India’s 7,500 km-long coastline, including Mumbai, Chennai, Goa, Kochi and Puducherry. Mumbai alone is expected to see 950 cruise vessels over the next five years.

Last week, the Government of India had said that it was looking at developing the Mumbai harbour to host the Formula One Powerboat Championship (F1H2O). Along with developing facilities at the Mumbai Cruise terminal, it was also proposed that the nearby ports of Mandwa and Rewas be developed for cruise tourism in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region,