PM Modi to flag off world’s longest cruise MV Ganga Vilas today

Varanasi: A luxury cruiser will set off on a historic journey on January 13, winding through some of India’s most famous cultural and religious sites. The MV Ganga Vilas will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi today and will reach Dibrugarh in Assam on March 1. Tickets for the cruise are priced at Rs 12.59 lakh each, according to government sources.

Apart from this, the prime will also inaugurate Tent City and also inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for several other inland waterways projects worth more than ₹1000 crores during the event.

The flag-off ceremony will be in the presence of Minister for Ports, Shipping & Waterways – Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, besides other Ministers and senior officials from various Ministries & Departments.

World’s longest River Cruise MV Ganga Vilas is the first-ever cruise vessel to be made in India. This is the symbol of Self-reliant India (Atmanirbhar Bharat) in the River Cruise Sector.

The Ministry of Culture, in a statement, said it will organise a “grand curtain-raiser cultural programme ‘Sur Sarita – Symphony of Ganga’ on the eve of the launch of the world’s longest river cruise”.

MV Ganga Vilas will begin its journey from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and travel 3,200 km, in 51 days, to reach Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh.

PM will release a document – “River Cruise Vision Document 2047” which encapsulates the vision of the progress and growth of River cruise by 2047.

During the event, the PM will also inaugurate Haldia Multi-Modal Terminal, 4 floating community jetties in Uttar Pradesh, the Skill Development Centre at Guwahati in Assam.


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