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New Delhi : Union Minister for Ports Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the River Cruise Services at the Marmugao Port in Goa on December 11, 2021. He announced that services will immediately begin on all the proposed routes with its FRP double deck boats to give the tourists a complete experience of Goan culture and history.

This will be a common user’s facility and any entrepreneur can venture into and start a new and similar type of service from this berthing facility available at the Port. This opportunity in Goa is to explore new ventures in river and island cruising not tapped so far and it will be a unique opportunity to experience such an unexplored venture in Goa.

Sonowal also visited the Port’s operational areas including the Cruise Terminal Berth where International & Domestic Cruise Terminal is proposed to be set up and PPP Terminals operated by the South West Port Ltd (SWPL) and Adani Mormugao Port Trust Pvt. Ltd. (AMPTPL)will inspect the operations.

Sonowal also held a meeting with the stakeholders and local functionaries which provided an opportunity to them to directly engage with the Minister and share their perspectives on India’s growing maritime sector, improve the coastal traffic in an effective way, and how maritime policies can contribute to its overall growth. Sonowal also held  discussion with Unions and Associations operating at the Port for hearing their issues and suggestions for the growth of MPT.

Port being a service industry is providing facilities for both Exim and Domestic sector. Mormugao Port being unique port has multimodal connectivity, excellent cargo handling facilities, streamlined administration, and a dedicated workforce.

Under Sagarmala scheme of the Ministry of Ports ,Shipping and Waterways the following works are underway in state of Goa :

(i) Construction of 9  Concrete Jetties at Durbhat, Cortalim-Rassaim, Old Goa-Divar, Sanvordem, Ribander, Aldona Banastarim, Pilgao, Shiroda at cost Rs 73.04 Crore.

(ii) Construction of 4 Floating Jetties (Captain of Ports jetty, Old Goa jetty, Ferry Point jetty, Chapora Jetty) at cost of Rs 9.6 Crore

The emphasis of Sagarmala funding is to mainly focus on improving waterways connectivity to hinterlands and last mile connectivity to arterial roads so that passengers and cargo can move through waterways on a large extent and reduce load on roadways and thereby reduce pollution. Sagarmala funding also intends to develop State of Art Ropeway in Goa for which feasibility study in under progress. Mormugao Port, a 32 years old port, is expanding gradually over the years meeting the demands of the growing trade for its service to the Nation.