A Rs 25.72 crore new cruise terminal having facilities to handle 5,000 tourists will come up at the Ernakulam Wharf of Cochin Port by February 2020, the port trust said today.
The work order was issued today to the contractor for commencing the construction on the terminal, a release said.
The facilities at the 2,253-sq metre terminal would include passenger and crew lounges, immigration counters, tourist information counter and duty free shopping.
The estimated cost of construction of the terminal is Rs 25.72 crore and of this Rs 21.41 crore had been sanctioned as grant by the Union Tourism Ministry, the release said.
Being one of the prime cruise tourism destinations in the country, Cochin Port had been getting around 40 cruise liners every year bringing tens of thousands of high net worth international tourists to Kerala, it said.
Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam had recently visited the port and reviewed the progress of projects supported by his department, the release added.
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