Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal will be in the capital of Tamil Nadu today to disembark the first international cruise ship bound for Sri Lanka.
The Minister will also attend a program highlighting the work done by the Chennai Port Government over the past nine years at the ITC Grand Chola Hotel at 11am.
At 5pm Sonowal attended a program at the Chennai Cruise Terminal where the Cordillia Cruise, the first international cruise ship, would depart from the city port for Sri Lanka.
The center plans to make Chennai the center for cruise tourism on the east coast, Sonowal said last Sunday. For the first time in the history of the Port of Chennai, continuous cruise service will be operated from June to September 2022, he told media in Chennai.
Sonowal was in the coastal city to review the performance of the Chennai Port Trust and its subsidiary, Kamarajar Port Ltd, alongside senior officials including Ports Chairman Sunil Paliwal.
According to Sonowal, 87,000 passengers from 37 cruise tourism companies have visited the port of Chennai in recent years.