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International Cruise Jetty to Open in Someshwara

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According to Board CEO Jayram Raipur, the Karnataka Maritime Board has issued a paper suggesting an international cruise terminal at Someshwara in Ullal, Dakshina Kannada.

According to the survey, there is a significant demand for cruise tourism from travelers who want to experience water transportation on India’s Western Coast. “Panambur is a cargo port; however, the one at Someshwara would be a passenger port,” remarks Raipur. The report highlights how important it is to build this terminal since it would not only serve the needs of the surrounding states and the region, but it will also draw tourists from abroad.

Prolonged sea erosion has had a negative impact on the area, causing significant land loss over time. As a result, two 200-meter offshore reefs that were supported by the Asian Development Bank have already been built approximately 600 meters offshore.

The draft in this area is about eight meters. The terminal will not only utilize the reefs, but it will also help to lessen the persistent problem of sea erosion in this region.

There are a ton of tourist attractions and sites of worship in Karnataka’s northern and coastal regions. Nearby are the national highway, train station, and international airport.

According to the newspaper, the project’s anticipated expenditure is Rs. 2,030 crore, which includes building a road, a dock, a breakwater, and other civil works in addition to establishment costs and project preparation costs.

To guarantee a flawless experience for travelers and passengers, the essential infrastructure facilities—such as an administrative block, hotel, terminal building, public amenities, and parking space—would be carefully built. There are plans to connect National Highway 66 with a four-lane road.

Raipur stated that the feasibility report is being prepared by the National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, and will be submitted to the Center for funding.