The upcoming International Cruise Terminal
Amongst the sea tourism projects, the International Cruise Terminal (ICT) is one of the most prominent endeavours as it will chart out a means of Cruise Tourism across the country. As per reports, this ambitious project is set to come up at the Ballard Pier Extension Berth at an estimated budget of ₹500 crores. With retailing shops, restaurants, recreational areas and other facilities, the terminal can be used by the Mumbai locals as well as to house cruise ships.
Other projects include a waterfront & a ro-pax terminal
Additionally, a 1-km-long Mumbai Port Waterfront at the Prince's and Victoria Dock Wall and a ro-pax terminal are also included in the Mumbai Port Trust construction scheme. Going by reports, the waterfront of the port in the city will be an integrated water commuting facility that will house modern-day amenities and recreational facilities for the citizens of Mumbai.
Moreover, the port will have an in-house ro-pax terminal which will comprise of seaside restaurants, amphitheatres, domestic cruise terminals, floating restaurants, harbour cruises, water taxis and much more. This terminal will facilitate water transport services between Mumbai and Mandwa, which would open a transportation avenue between the two busy ports. As per reports, the upcoming airport at Navi Mumbai will also be connected to this facility.
World's longest sea ropeway
Amongst these plans, the Mumbai Port Trust also aims to construct the world's longest sea ropeway, between Sewri and Elephanta. This 8-km long route will be constructed in the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model at an approximate cost of ₹700 crores.
Besides catering state-of-the-art travel medium to the residents of Mumbai, the ropeway will provide a magnificent sight of marine amenities like ships, the Marine Oil Terminal and the forthcoming Mumbai Trans Harbour Link. Purportedly, a fresh rail line will also be assigned for port freight transfers from Wadala to Kurla to enhance the rail connectivity to the Delhi route. In the long run, this new facet will assist the passengers travelling via the Harbour suburban railway line in the MMR.