According to the Shipping Ministry, ‘marriage cruises’ on the sea will soon be permitted which can accommodate as many as 4,000-5,000 persons for holding any social event. Couples in India could marry at sea on luxury cruises that the government wants to facilitate at locations like Goa, Mumbai and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, informed Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.“Marriage cruise service will be started soon with an additional banquet and entertainment facilities. We are considering a proposal from a private player who is keen on starting the service between Mumbai and Chennai. A decision will be taken soon,” added the Minister.He also stated that the Shipping Ministry has sought the Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) approval for operating 25 seaplanes by an investor.“We have received a proposal from an investor to operate 25 seaplanes in India at the first leg. The proposal has been sent to DGCA for approval and once it is through, the services can be started here,” Gadkari said.The government’s priority is also to develop its 1,300 islands and 218 lighthouses to attract tourists, he said adding it was committed to sustainable development through environment-friendly policies.“The shipping and the tourism ministry will together redraft the cruise shipping policy. We are not only looking at upgrading our port infrastructure but will also include other services such as floating restaurants, etc. to encourage private players to invest in cruise tourism,” Gadkari added.