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Mumbai, Goa and Kochi On the Global Cruise line list
Mumbai, Goa and Kochi are going to be on the list of cruise lines in India as possible ports for Global cruise lines in India. These ports have been ignored by global Cruise companies because of the bad port conditions. However, this time India is taking it very seriously for the cruise line business in India.
[su_quote]There is practically no cruise business in India and we plan to change that. We have identified Mumbai, Goa and Kochi and maybe some location in Andhra Pradesh for coastal circuit and high-level discussions are on with all stakeholder ministries on it. Cruise liners have also made presentations on the same and they are helping in route exploration to identify economically viable packages. We hope to implement this at the earliest possible.[/su_quote]
Said Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma.
The tourism ministry is said to be in talks with global cruise companies like Star Cruises and Royal Caribbean. Despite a 7,500 km long coastline and an enviable location in the Asia-Pacific region, which is a major market for global cruise lines. The core group thinks that a lot of things are to be taken off. Besides good infrastructure at passenger terminals, the other major concern is the time taken for customs clearance and immigration at ports. Currently, immigration takes around three-four hours, this process will need to be addressed and streamlined.
The thing with A cruise ship is that it does not stay longer than a day at such destinations. It gives tourists just enough time to quickly explore the city.
The west coast with ‘port of call’ advantage on its side is particularly attractive to the cruise liners. A port of call acts as a transit and receiving centre for ships that touch several destinations as part of their cruise circuit. Travellers who disembark here sometimes tour the areas in the vicinity or even fly to other destinations from there.
Mumbai-Goa Double-Decker Shatabdi launched
11085/Mumbai LTT – Madgaon AC Double Decker Express has been launched. This Mumbai-Goa Double Decker chair car train will cover the distance of 564 Kms in exact 12 hours with a total of 10 halts. So the average speed of the train would be 47 Km per hour. 11085 Jan Shatabdi express starts from Mumbai LTT (LokManya Tilak Terminal) and it final stop is at Madgaon, Goa. This train is a fully AC train and one of its first kinds from Mumbai to Goa. The total sitting capacity of the train is 960 seats and each AC Chair car (CC) seat costs around 1055 rupees. TMumbai LTT – Madgaon AC Double Decker Express has been launched seeing the rush from Mumbai towards Goa.
On its return journey, the train will depart from Madgaon at 6.00 am and will reach Mumbai at 7.10 pm the same day. From Mumbai, the train will run on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. While from Madgaon, it will be available every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The 10 half of this train is Thane, Panvel, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavli, Sawantwadi, Thivim and Karmali stations.
But the question remains is Goa still so much a fun place to go after Russia blacklisted Goa from its tourists’ destinations list. However, according to Russia, no such step has been taken on Goa.
Among Mumbaikers, Goa is mostly famous for cheap beers, beaches and eventful places to go. People also like to enjoy seeing foreigners on the beach mostly the Russians. Let’s see how successful the plan of the train from Mumbai to Goa gets.
Since the train runs along the Arabian sea and passes through some of the most beautiful hills of Sahyadri range, it is expected that the journey from Mumbai to Goa should be a treat to the eyes. But will that eye treat be possible in Goa? The question remains sceptical. But looking at the crowd in Goa around Christmas and New year, it should be possible. Know where should you party at New year in India and also where should you celebrate Christmas in India.
Mumbai soon to have Artifical beaches on Marine drive
Maharashtra Maritime Board is planning to develop an artificial beach in Mumbai off the Marine drive also known as the Queen’s necklace because of its curvy shaped beaches. Increasing Mumbai population and scarcity of public recreational spaces has given rise to such plans in Mumbai. However, this will be the first time any such action have been taken by Maharashtra Maritime Board in Mumbai.
According to Maharashtra Maritime Board sources, Tetrapods that currently flank the Marine drive will be replaced with an artificial beach and soft solutions such as geo-bags. Geo-bags are eco-friendly bags which will contain a mixture of sand and water so that they do not harm the environment and marine life. These bags will be put at a distance of around half to one km from the shore. The purpose behind these bags is to counter the waves and also prevent shore erosion. Also, Tetrapods get slippery after being put along the shore for some time. Making it difficult to really step over them. Geo-bags, the environment-friendly solution, will also reduce the pressure on the coastline. Other alternative solutions may include a reef bay laid on the seabed to prevent waves from entering into the sea shore.
The purpose behind these bags is to counter the waves and also prevent shore erosion. Also, Tetrapods get slippery after being put along the shore for some time. Making it difficult to really step over them. Geo-bags, the environment-friendly solution, will also reduce the pressure on the coastline. Other alternative solutions may include a reef bay laid on the seabed to prevent waves from entering into the sea shore.
Talking on if the construction of such artificial beaches would not halt the traffic and lifestyle, official sites the plan of construction from the sea-side which would not disturb the traffic on the busy marine drive. Also, the proposed beach would have a lot of entry and exit points and ramps to allow access to people.
The main motive of such artificial beaches is Sustainable development. In the recent times, it has been noted that tidal waves and currents are washing away the shore at vulnerable spots and causing erosion. This will prevent further damage to the fragile Marine ecosystem, which otherwise affects residents and the tourism industry.
There is a total of 16 beach sites in Mumbai where MMB is considering pre-feasibility studies. These sites include Juhu beaches, Gorai beaches, Relevadi-Mahim creek and the Dadar-Mahim bay. Other pre-feasibility sites include Satpati-Murbe and Bhuigaon in Palghar, Kashid, Mora, Rajpuri jetty and Rajapuri in Raigad, Ganpatipule-Malgund, Bankot creek and Kelshi in Ratnagiri and Tarkarli-Devbag, Malvan bay and Mochimad in Sindhudurg.
This project of sustainable development is being funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and is being implemented on a pilot basis in Maharashtra and Karnataka.