The longest river voyage in history, which will take Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh, will depart on January 13, as reported by Voice of Sikkim.
4,000 kilometres of 27 river systems, including the West Coast Canal, the Brahmaputra, and the Indian River systems Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly, would be travelled by tourists on the voyage, according to sources. About 50 days will be needed to accomplish the journey. In reference to this, PM Modi stated that this cruise will be exceptional around the globe and highlight the growth of cruise tourism in India while announcing other projects in West Bengal. Additionally, he noted that the cruise’s debut voyage would start on January 13 and that it would stop at 50 well-known tourist attractions, as well as various historic sites, the famous Varanasi Ganga Aarti, and protected places including Kaziranga National Park and the Sundarbans Delta.
The ship will reportedly travel 1,100 kilometres across Bangladesh, according to rumours. This suggests that those who book a ticket for the trip will also have the opportunity to visit specific areas of Bangladesh.
According to a knowledgeable official who added that this is due to the government placing more emphasis on the development and maintenance of inland waterways, the government is implementing numerous projects to increase the depth, set up necessary navigation facilities, and build jetties for the successful operation of both passenger and cargo vessels.
Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Shipping and Waterways, has stated that one of their main objectives will be to expand coastal and river shipping, including cruise services. The PM added that the Center has been tasked with creating about 100 national waterways, and the objective is to have world-class cruises operating on those waterways.
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Source: Voice of Sikkim