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Longest river cruise from Varanasi to be inaugurated by PM Modi on Jan 13
Mr.G.Chandrasekar Jan 02 2023 Marine News

Longest river cruise from Varanasi to be inaugurated by PM Modi on Jan 13

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the world's longest river cruise, which will travel from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh on January 13th luxury boat will travel 4,000 kilometers along 27 river systems in India  including the Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly, Brahmaputra, and West Coast Canal in 50 days.

50 significant tourist destinations will be covered throughout the journey, including some historical monuments, the iconic Varanasi Ganga Aarti, and protected areas like Kaziranga National Park and the Sundarbans Delta during the cruise.

In Bangladesh, the trip will cover over 1,100 kilometers. The cruise run by a private player would be a regular fixture, according to a senior official of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), the organisation in charge of National Waterways (NWs).

According to officials, the planning of the cruise service was significantly influenced by the growth of the India-Bangladesh Protocol route.

Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Shipping and Waterways, said the government's top priority is the growth of coastal and river shipping, particularly cruise services.