The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), which is currently operating an international cruise terminal from a cargo area converted to handle cruise ships, is all set to get full-fledged terminal entailing an investment worth Rs. 200cr. The planned facelift will include passenger amenities, including duty-free shops after authorities gave the go-ahead for its development. The current terminal is located near the Naval dockyard and entry to it is via the Green Gate and is currently in a shabby state, said, Ravi Parmar, the Chairperson, Mumbai Port Trust. He added that the condition of the terminal got the attention of the transport minister, Nitin Gatkari, who promised to upgrade the terminal matching standards. In this connection, consultant will be appointed and tenders will be floated by the year-end. The entire refurbishment project will cost Rs. 60cr. On the other hand, the Green Gate provides entry to Ballard Estate and tourists can enjoy the heritage precincts along with a new terminal. MbPT is also coming up with a new terminal with a signature building for inland passengers near Ferry Wharf at a cost of Rs.140cr and that it will provide facilities for navigation to various places in Raigadh district and to the Elephanta Caves.
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