Mangaluru, Oct 9 : The New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) Chairman A V Ramana suggested an idea to launch helicopter services to tourist destinations within a distance of 150-km from Mangaluru.
He said that the proposal will be submitted to the chief secretary of Karnataka government. If the helicopter services are connected to tourist destinations then NMPT can expect more cruise vessels, he told media persons on Tuesday evening.
"This will help the passengers from the helipad in the city to a quick trip to the tourist destinations that have helipad facility", he said.A total of 26 cruise vessels had called on the port a year ago and 23 cruises had confirmed their visit during this season. The first cruise vessel of the year will be called on port by November 4.
Keeping the interest of tourists in mind, district administration has agreed to run a pre-paid taxi counter. At present, pre-paid taxis and buses reach up to berth number 4 at the port to ferry passengers. When the first cruise arrives at the port on November 4, all the regular traffic from Mallya Gate of the Port will be diverted to other gates, to give a better feeling for the tourists.
He also said that the NMP is planning to have a transport hub outside the gate to help the passengers of cruise vessel explore the city on their own in a taxi or auto. (UNI)