Mumbai-Goa cruise liner now an empty dream

Source:  www.dnaindia.com

Even before being launched, the proposed Mumbai-Goa cruise liner service has been left high and dry because no private companies are interested in operating the route.

“Mumbai-Goa passenger cruise plan is less likely to happen as there hasn’t been good response from the private operators,” said Ravi Parmar, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT).

In mid-2013, MbPT had asked Marmugao Port Trust to float bids inviting industry players to ferry people between the two popular tourist destinations of Mumbai and Goa.

The rationale behind the proposal was that the port authorities concerned hoped to capitalise on the massive tourist influx from Mumbai to Goa during tourism season, which currently available modes of transport are unable to accommodate fully. In fact, last year the Konkan Railway had operated a ‘double decker premium’ special train during the peak season only to serve the additional crowds. More info

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