Sea Link Soon for Coastal Cities in TN

Published: 10th October 2014 06:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th October 2014 06:17 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: A cruise link along the coast need not wait any longer. Chennaites and tourists, who have been commuting through rail and buses to their hometowns or tourist spots in coastal cities up to Kannyakumari, are likely to have another mode of transport soon, sea!

Kamarajar Port is planning to launch cruise service linking Ennore with Kanyakumari.

The plan to start a passenger cruise service from Ennore near Chennai, linking up tourist destinations such as Mahabalipuram, Puducherry, Rameswaram and Kanyakumari is being studied, said Kamarajar Port

Chairman and Managing Director M  A Bhaskarachar said at the inaugural session of the two-day conference on ‘Approach to Integrated Maritime Systems’ (AIMS) organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern Region, in association with National Maritime Foundation (NMF) here on Thursday.

The plans are at an initial stage and talks are on with State government and Puducherry government.

“We are also looking at places where the passenger cruise ship could dock,” said Bhaskarachar.

The Chairman and Managing Director of Kamarajar Port also said the State government has shown keen interest in the proposal and currently shore side facilities are being identified.

“We are also identifying various locations in this regard,” said Bhaskarachar. Initial plans are to have stops at Puducherry and Mahabalipuram.

“We are also looking at having the cruise passengers service till Kanyakumari,” he added.


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