Worlds longest cruise MV Ganga Vilas concludes its journey
The world’s longest river cruise MV Ganga Vilas reached Dibrugarh on February 28, concluding its 50-day river journey that began from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. On 13 January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the cruise from Varanasi. During its journey, the cruise crossed five states — Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Assam. It entered Assam on 17 February via Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ganga Vilas covered 3,200 kilometre across 27 river systems.
During the journey, the onboard tourists visited 50 tourist spots including world heritage sites, national parks, river ghats, and major cities like Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Dhaka in Bangladesh and Guwahati in Assam. The tourists, including from Switzerland, were welcomed by Union minister of ports, shipping and waterways Sarbananda Sonowal along with Shripad Yesso Naik, minister of state for ports, shipping and waterways and Rameshwar Teli, MoS labour and employment, petroleum and natural gas.