Aug: 30, 2014 … The Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent charge ) Shri Shripad Naik has said that the Central Government gives more thrust on strengthening infrastructure for tourism to make India as tourism hub in the world and therefore has decided to develop various ports  through which cruise tourism can be enhanced.

Shri Naik stated this at a function of laying of foundation stone for New Passenger Terminal Building at Mormugao Port Trust Vasco yesterday.

Shri Naik further speaking said that  the Central Government realizing the touristic potential of state and has agreed and Sanctioned developmental projects like Hotel Management Institute at Farmagudi, Water sport project at Miramar and IIT center, AIMS center, convention center etc. He assured his full cooperation for the development of tourism in Goa.

Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Shri Krishanpall Gurjar while addressing said that Goa being tourist destination known to the world and has great potential of cruise tourism. The plan for developing various ports across the coastline in the country will help the tourists drown from all over the world and within to learn and understand our culture and heritage. The cruise tourism project in Goa has importance as it will open the avenues of employment and it is an important achievement of Government. He congratulated MPT staff and other stakeholders for their efforts for the said project,

The Chief Minister of Goa Shri Manohar Parrikar who was the Chief Guest for the function, while speaking said the new passenger terminal building will help increase flow of tourists in the state and expected to open era of improved relation between Goa Government and MPT. MPT is a important port in the state which will change the  structure from Cargo vessals to Cruise vessels.

Shri Cyril Georgr Chairman  MPT   also spoke on the project,         

The proposed New Passenger Terminal Building would be constructed at a cost of Rs.8.79 crores and will be completed by December 2015. The facilities provided are custom and immigration clearance, baggage check, CCTV surveillance system, Security check, duty free shop and shopping arcade, recreational facilities, Lounge and cafeteria, electrical cars etc.

 Member of Parliament South Goa Adv. Narendra Savoikar, Tourism Minister Shri  Dilip Parulekar, Power Miniister Shri  Milind Naik, Chairman GTDC Shr iNilesh Cabral, Chairman KTC Shri Carlos Almeida and others who attended the function.

Shri Anand Kumar Jt.Secretary Ministry of Tourism Govt. of India, welcomed the guests. Shri Jerome Clement and Smt.Snehal Sanzguiri jointly  compered the function while Shri R.K. Srivastava Principal Secretary Tourism Govt. of Goa, proposed the vote of thanks.