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News at 9: Kashmir to get its first electric train, Goa: Cruise tourism to start from September end and more

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News at 9: Kashmir to get its first electric train, Goa: Cruise tourism to start from September end and more

Kashmir is all set to get its first electric train soon as trial runs on 137-kilometer Banihal-Baramulla rail corridor will be conducted later this month,The Mormugao Port Authority ( MPA ) will get 52 international and domestic cruise ships in the upcoming tourist season and more in top stories of the day.

Kashmir to get its first electric train next month

In a major stride, Kashmir is all set to get its first electric train next month. The first electric train is likely to chug on the 137 kms long Baramulla-Banihal rail corridor in Jammu and Kashmir next month. The route will have three main sub-stations of Qazigund, Budgam, and Baramulla from where power will be supplied to the overhead equipment of the rail line. The total cost of the project is Rs 324 crores.

At present 19 train services with seven trains chug regularly on Baramulla- Banihal sector in J&K. About 30,000 passengers including students and office goers travel in the trains every day.

MPA to get 52 international and domestic cruise ships

In a major boost for the tourism activity in the state , the Mormugao Port Authority ( MPA ) will get as many as 52 international and domestic cruise ships in the upcoming tourist season between September to April.

The first cruise ship will arrive by the 28th to 30th of September to mark the commencement of the cruise tourism season for MPA ” Said MPA Chairman, Akkaraju. He also said “Each cruise ship carries an average of around 3000 passengers , mostly European,American people who are high net worth individuals and almost every passengers spends around 100 to 150 USD. When a huge ship comes to Goa, atleast 2000 people disembark which means that each ship can generate upto 2000 x 100 USD ( around 7000 Rs ) per ship on an average on the minimum side . We can calculate this with 52 vessels calling here back to back in a span of few months to see the amount of money that will flow in. Local artisans, local village industries and local eateries will get maximum benefit from these cruise business and we also want to create temporary places in the port where local artisans can display their goods and try to sell directly to the passengers. We will have a welcome to the first ship by local artistes reflecting the culture of Goa.”

See renderings of the new international terminal opening at JFK Airport

After a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, plans to build a new international terminal at JFK Airport have officially resumed. The new $9.5 billion terminal is expected to be fully completed by 2030. Phase one of the project, which includes a new arrivals and departures hall and the first set of new gates, should be ready to go by 2026.

New Yorkers and tourists passing through the space can expect to revel in new airy check-in halls, New York-inspired dining and retail amenities, lounges, an indoor green space and family-friendly accommodations.

Rendering: PANYNJ
Rendering: PANYNJ

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