Flagship Ganga Vilas Cruz which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was stranded in Bihar’s Chapra last week on the third day of his 51-day trip due to low water in the Ganga, officials said on Monday.
The cruise, which was supposed to disembark tourists to visit an archaeological site at Charand, got stuck due to lack of water in the Ganga near Duriganj area of the district.
Charand Saran, located 11 km southeast of Chapra near Doriganj Bazaar, is the most important archaeological site of the district. The Stupanuma fillings on the banks of the Ghaghra river are seen to be associated with Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim influences. However, it was difficult to bring the cruise ashore due to deep water at the shore, officials said.
On receiving the information, the SDRF team reached the spot and rescued the tourists in a small boat so that they would not face any difficulties in reaching Charand Saran.
In pictures: World’s Longest Cruise MV Ganga Vilas
Chhapra CO Satyendra Singh, who is part of the organizing team, said that adequate arrangements have been made for tourists in Charand.
“The SDRF team is stationed at the jetty to take immediate action in case of any untoward situation. Due to low water, it is difficult to bring cruises to the shore. Hence, small boats are used to bring tourists. “We are trying,” he said.
Ganga Vilas Cruz also has special features. Its speed is 12 kmph upstream and 20 kmph downstream. The cruise also has a sewage treatment plant with RO system for drinking water. The cruise has all the necessary facilities for the comfort and needs of the people. In India it has rent. ₹25,000 per day while the rent in Bangladesh is ₹50,000 per day.
PM Modi flagged off the cruise from Varanasi on January 13.
The luxury triple-deck cruise will travel from Varanasi to Dibrugarh in Assam on the world’s longest waterway. The cruise has a capacity of 80 passengers with 18 suites.
The cruise will embark on an adventure journey for 51 days and will pass through Bangladesh for 15 days.
It will then go to Dibrugarh in Assam through the Brahmaputra river.
The luxury cruise will cover a distance of over 3,200 km and pass through 5 states of India and Bangladesh.
The cruise will pass through a total of 27 river systems in UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Bangladesh and Assam. The cruise will pass through the three major rivers Ganga, Meghna and Brahmaputra.
The cruise will enter the Bhagirathi, Hooghly, Badiavati, Malta and Sundarbans river systems of Bengal.
In Bangladesh, it will pass through the Meghna, Padma and Yamuna in Bangladesh and then enter the Brahmaputra in Assam.
According to an official statement, the 51-day cruise is planned to visit 50 tourist destinations including World Heritage Sites, National Parks, River Ghats, and major cities such as Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Kolkata in Bangladesh. Dhaka and Guwahati in Assam.