VISAKHAPATNAM: Bangladesh cargo ship MV MAA will be developed as a tourist attraction and thrown open for visitors on December 29. The ship ran aground at Tenneti Park during a cyclone in October last year. It will be made a floating restaurant in the next six months.
The 79-meter-long ship has two cargo holds and both would be developed as restaurants of two types. One will have sky roof and glass dome with air conditioning. There will be an air-conditioned restaurant also inside the ship.
Tourism minister M Srinivasa Rao said the ship was abandoned by the owner, and M/s Gill Marines of Visakhapatnam took over it from the insurers M/s PNI Club (North of England) for a price of Rs 1.25 crore.
“It would be remodelled and developed with recreation components at an estimated cost of Rs 10.5 crore. Entry ticket price will be different in morning, evening and weekend slots,” Gill Marines’ representative said.
We decided to develop the project in PPP mode after consulting port officials and experts, the minister said. The state government is keen on developing various tourist destinations with necessary facilities. A cruise terminal will also come into reality soon, the minister added.
Cruise from here to Kakinada, Krishnapatnam, and Chennai will be possible in a year or two. “Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is keen on cruise tourism as there is no cruise on East Coast till date. We are also planning for eco-tourism, temple, boat, and river tourism. The state’s tourism policy is investor-friendly,” the minister said.
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