With a mod­ern ter­mi­nal, Chennai now a cruise gate­way

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS -

A mod­ernised cruise ter­mi­nal was in­au­gu­rated to­day at the Chennai port by KJ Alphons, Union Min­is­ter of State (In­de­pen­dent Charge) for Tourism. The ter­mi­nal at West Quay IV cov­ers an area of 2,880 sq m.

A press re­lease from the Chennai Port Trust said that the pas­sen­ger fa­cil­i­ta­tion cen­tre at WQ IV has been mod­ernised with fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of ₹17.24 crore un­der the As­sis­tance to Cen­tral Agen­cies for Tourism In­fras­truc­ture Devel­op­ment scheme, the Tourism Min­istry.

Fa­cil­i­ties

of The up­graded/pro­posed fa­cil­i­ties in­clude four es­ca­la­tors for em­bark­ing and dis­em­bark­ing pas­sen­gers, heat ven­ti­la­tion, air-con­di­tion­ing for the en­tire ter­mi­nal, and ten im­mi­gra­tion coun­ters, with ten more planned. The up­graded cruise ter­mi­nal at Chennai port

An ex­clu­sive yacht park­ing, sin­gle win­dow (in­te­grated) clear­ance of Cus­toms, Im­mi­gra­tion and Se­cu­rity will also be pro­vided, the re­lease said.

A Stan­dard Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dure (SOP) to fa­cil­i­tate clear­ance of cruise ves­sels and pas­sen­gers through all In­dian ports has been pre­pared in con­sul­ta­tion with Im­mi­gra­tion, Cus­toms, se­cu­rity agen­cies and other stake­hold­ers.

Ves­sel charges have been stan­dard­ised with the in­tro­duc­tion of a uni­form tar­iff of $0.35 per GRT for cruise ves­sel stay for 12 hours at any In­dian port. The Min­istry of Home Af­fairs has waived the re­quire­ment of bio­met­ric en­rol­ment for cruise pas­sen­gers ar­riv­ing on e-visas till De­cem­ber 31, 2020 for five ma­jor ports of Mum­bai, Kochi, Chennai, Mor­mu­gao and New Man­ga­lore, the re­lease said.

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