India's Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said the first Mumbai-Goacruise ferry (capacity of 500 passengers) would start from the beginning of August 2018, with an aim to boost tourism. He added that a couple of floating restaurants would come up in Mumbai.
The ministry has asked all ports to set up cruise terminal. Indian government has to take a decision about providing Rs 800 crore Shipping Corp of India for buying boats.
The minister said they were already going to complete 10 waterways. The country will soon come out with a new policy to scrap commercial vehicles that are over 15 years old, Gadkari said. It aims at curbing rising vehicular pollution in India.
Gadkari added the plan was afoot to make Kandla automobile cluster and India automobile hub.