India will be the world's next cruise destination, according to Union Ports Minister Sonowal.

The world's longest ropeway system to connect Mumbai to Elephanta Caves is also underway . The Archaeological Survey of India wanted a ropeway station in Elephanta one kilometer away from the caves .

MUMBAI: Sarbananda Sonowal, the Union ports, shipping, and waterways minister, announced on Saturday that a high-level advisory committee, made up of representatives from international cruise lines, would support the Apex Level Committee on Cruise Tourism in order to enhance the industry in India, including Mumbai.At a conference in Mumbai, ministers and officials from different cruise liners around the region suggested that the world's longest ropeway system to connect Mumbai to Elephanta Caves is also underway.The Archaeological Survey of India wanted a ropeway station in Elephanta one kilometer away from the caves.According to port officers, negotiations are ongoing to arrive at a mutually agreed land parcel on the Gharapuri island for the same property, but the proposal was still ongoing and not cancelled.

He was speaking at the 1st Incredible India International Cruise Conference 2022, which was held by the Mumbai Port Authority under the patronage of Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Government of India, along with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).The occasion also marks the 150th anniversary of the Mumbai port, which is commemorated.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the cruise industry a huge priority, he said, adding that India will be a fantastic cruise destination with global players, and that we will continue to diversify the sector and capture this growing market.Sonowal announced the formation of a high-level advisory Apex committee to deliberate and anchor initiatives on strengthening the cruise tourism industry, focusing on increasing cruise calls at Indian ports, improving facilities, and increasing the number of people and jobs available.

According to him, the Maritime India Vision 2030 project will result in over two lakh new jobs.At Pir Pau, Mumbai, the minister laid the groundwork for the Third Chemical Berth.The building will have a rated capacity of two million metric tonnes per annum and can carry large gas carriers and tankers up to 72500 displacement tons.It will be equipped with the most recent safety requirements set forth by OISD regulations.

Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways & Tourism of India, said that the cruise industry is a developing industry in India due to the country's long coastline.At Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore, Kochi, Chennai, and Vizag ports, he said, the cruise infrastructure is being upgraded and modernized.The minister also referenced the country's extensive inland waterways network, which makes it an excellent spot for river cruises.During the seminar, the minister asked the cruise industry fraternity to discuss their hopes and concerns.

The current cruise ecosystem, including the infrastructure and policy environment, is rapidly evolving, according to Rajiv Jalota, Chairman, Mumbai Port Authority and Mormugao Port Authority, and it will meet international requirements in a reasonable time.He advised international cruise lines to prioritize India in their expansion plans.During the years 2022-23, the Mumbai Port Authority will celebrate its 150th anniversary.To commemorate the historic occasion, the department would host a 365-day series of activities, including water sports, cultural events, awareness camps, heritage walks, and a marathon run.

In this respect, an ultra-modern international cruise terminal is currently being constructed, RO Pax and water taxi services are already operational, and Kanhoji Angre Island Tourism will soon be open to the public.According to an official release published here, Mumbai will be linked to the Elephanta Caves by the worlds longest ropeway system over the sea.According to Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan, Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the Indian cruise tourism industry has the potential to grow tenfold over the next decade due to increasing disposable incomes.According to GKV Rao, Director General Tourism, Government of India, the Ministry of Shipping and the Ministry of Tourism are teaming up to identify and develop routes and ensure that SOPs are issued.

According to him, the type of infrastructure we see now will make the travel experience truly world-class.At the meeting, Adesh Titarmare, Dy Chairman of Mumbai Port Authority, also addressed the group.