passenger ship service between the UAE and India could be a reality soon, media reports said. With tickets to cost around Dh442, it will offer travellers a convenient and cost-effective mode of travel. It will carry around 1,250 passengers at once and they will be allowed to take up to 200kg of luggage with them.
The ship will take roughly three days to reach Kerala, according to YA Rahim, the President of the Indian Association Sharjah.
Further speaking to Khaleej Times, he said: “The idea is to get the service up and running before school break in December. We want to make sure that Indian expats in the UAE can travel to their hometown without paying exorbitant airline charges.”
Delegates from the Kerala government will meet India's central government ministers next week about the project. “All we need now is the approval from the Central government,” said Rahim.
“The delegation will meet on September 24. I don’t see why there should be any objection to the project. If we get the approval, we can get the service trial run started by November,” YA Rahim further said.
As per the reports, the ticket prices on the passenger ship services will range between Dh442 (Rs10,000) and Dh663 (Rs15,000), depending on the travel time.
During peak travel time, the prices will be on the higher end of the range. According to the planners, there will be a wide variety of food items as well as entertainment on board for the travellers.
Once approved, the ship will travel to two Kerala cities — Kochi and Beypore. According to Rahim, there is a third location in the pipeline.