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Monday, 22 October, 2018, 10 : 00 AM [IST]

Cruise Tourism to generate 2.5 lakh jobs in 10 yrs: Gadkari

Cruise Tourism in India seems to be finally taking off in a big way with the launch of ‘Angriya’ luxury cruise between Mumbai and Goa, flagged off by Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India and Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra. According to Gadkari, cruise tourism has tremendous potential in India. “There is a projection that there will be 40 lakh tourists both international and Indians by 2040. Out of that, 32 lakh tourists will come to Mumbai. It will give a boost to Mumbai’s economy and also provide employment to 2.5 lakh people in 10 years,” Gadkari said.

The service will operate four-times-a-week (two times each both ways) starting at 4.30 pm from Mumbai and reaching Goa next morning at 8.The ship is named after the Maratha Naval Admiral Kanhoji Angre and the sunken coral atoll Angria Bank, near Vijaydurg. Accommodation onboard Angriya includes 104 rooms ranging from dormitory to deluxe to luxury suites. There are rooms on the underwater level too. The ship will sail from Ferry Wharf at Princess Dock in Mumbai, where the Ministers' also inaugurated the new Domestic Cruise Terminal building that was thrown open by the Mumbai Port Trust.

The cost of the tickets per person ranges from INR 6,000 to 10,000. Angriya offers two restaurants, six bars, an infiniti pool and a spa. There are rooms offering traditional Japanese style seating with single and double beds. The ship has a capacity to accommodate 399 passengers and 67 crew members.

Fadnavis asked the port authorities to expedite the process of completing the water transport projects in the city to provide an alternate mode of transportation to the commuters. He believes with the launch of the new services the Eastern corridor of Mumbai will become an attractive proposition for investors and tourists alike.
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