Sunday, May 26, 2024

MV Ganga Vilas Sets Sail

Written By Nischal Srinivasan (Grade 12)

For the first time in India, the country’s head of state, the Prime Minister, launched the MV Ganga Vilas on January 13, 2023, which is the longest river cruise voyage in the world. organised by a private promoter and supported by the Inland Waterways Authority of India of the Ministry of Shipping, Ports, and Waterways, and is to discover forty historical spots along the sacred river Ganga. Thereby, the intervention is part of the broader project involved in developing tourism and connecting various waterways across the country through a comprehensive road network system.

Along with the disclosure of MV Ganga Vilas and the camping out in Varanasi by the Prime Minister, the launch of the tour of this culturally diverse part of India to the tourists was a unique experience. Apart from those, the foundation stones for other inland waterways projects were also laid to show haste in furthering and developing the water transport infrastructure of the nation.

The cruise will be sailing on NW1 (National Waterway 1), which spans from Haldia (Sagar) to Allahabad, including the segment of the Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly River system that got the status of NW1 back in 1986. This journey is a traveller’s dream as it covers a few lesser-known cultural, historical, and natural landmarks with the Ganga as their midline. In addition, the cruise will also connect NW-2 (National Waterway 2), including the Brahmaputra River.

MV Ganga Vilas is to be a 51-day voyage, and it is set to stop at 50 tourist destinations within the route. The expedition will have the travellers touring through 27 river systems in both India and Bangladesh, thus providing them with a rare view of the diverse landscapes and the rich cultural heritage of the area. Passengers can look at the Ganga from distinct angles, from scenic cities to serene landscapes.

Under this great expedition, since the cruise industry has become as elite as it is nowadays, it has experienced amazing progress. The biggest cruise ship in the world, the Wonder of the Seas, that was built in Turku, Finland, is like proof that maritime voyages are changing. The comparison reflects the significance of the Indian warship MV Ganga Vilas not only in terms of length but also in its cultural and historical significance.

The launch of MV Ganga Vilas is the main event under the “Incredible India” tourism and connectivity interconnection programme that stretches very wide across the inland waterways of India. Therefore, the cruise has a lot to offer the passengers even before it takes off in its breathtaking exploration of the Ganga’s natural beauty and the unravelling of the historical and cultural fabric that has its roots along the river. This has led to an increase in the level of economic development, creating better infrastructure, and enhancing the livelihood of residents in the area.

Featured Image Courtesy – ET Infra

Nischal Srinivasan
Nischal Srinivasan
My name is Nischal Srinivasan and I have a great interest in writing poems and articles. I have also published a poem named Resonating Reflections in Amazon Kindle.


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