Paramilitary force CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) was earmarked for providing security to ports in India and also ensure airport-like facility for luxury cruise ship passengers, as part of the grand plans of the government to promote cruise tourism.
Image: Cochin cruise port
The Union home ministry tasked the CISF to "take care" of the security aspect of the project that is expected to have an interface with lakhs of domestic and international tourists every month.
Nitin Gadkari, Union Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister and Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, unveiled a proposal for full-fledged cruise tourism policy and it's likely to be implemented within the next 3 months.
A blueprint on the subject said the CISF would be responsible for all port entry and exit operations, validation of travel tickets, frisking of boarding and disembarking passengers, carrying out anti- sabotage checks, simplifying arrival procedures for tourists.