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UP: PM Modi to flag off world’s longest river cruise in Varanasi next week

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the world's longest river cruise in Varanasi on Friday. According to an official statement, the river cruise ship 'MV Ganga Vilas' will embark on its maiden voyage from Varanasi on Friday.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the world’s longest river cruise in Varanasi on Friday. According to an official statement, the river cruise ship ‘MV Ganga Vilas’ will leave on its maiden voyage from Varanasi on Friday. During this, he will travel a long distance of more than 3,200 kms. The cruise will reach its destination via 27 river systems passing through India and Bangladesh.

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In this long journey, MV Ganga Vilas Cruise will pass through 50 tourist places like Patna, Sahibganj, Kolkata, Dhaka and Guwahati. Its journey will start from Varanasi on January 13 and it is likely to reach its destination Dibrugarh on March 1. According to the statement, this cruise will embark on its journey with the famous Ganga Aarti on the river Ganges in Varanasi.

In this journey, he will also visit the famous Buddhist pilgrimage center Sarnath, Mayong famous for Tantra activities and Majuli, a river island. In this first trip of the cruise, 32 tourists from Switzerland will participate.

Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal has said that with the inauguration of MV Ganga Vilas, India will become part of the global map of river cruise travel. He said that this would open the doors of immense possibilities in the field of river tourism in the country. Presently eight river cruises are operating between Varanasi and Kolkata in the country. Apart from this, cruise traffic is also continuing on the second national waterway (Brahmaputra river).

In India, 8 river cruise vessels are operational between Kolkata and Varanasi while cruise movement is also operation on National Waterways 2 (Brahmaputra).

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Tourism activities like river rafting, camping, sightseeing, kayaking, and so on are operated in many spots in the country.

The construction of 10 passenger terminals across NW2 is going on which will further bolster the prospect of a river cruise.

At present, four river cruise vessels are operational in NW2 while it is operating in a limited capacity in NW3 (West Coast Canal), NW8, NW 4, NW 87, NW 97, and NW 5. As the capital expenditure is pumped to build capacity in the inland waterways, the river cruise is set to grow further with systematic forward and backward linkage for the economy, especially across the banks of the rivers.

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