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Watch: PM Modi flags off Varanasi to Dibrugarh river cruise liner, the world’s longest

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Varanasi to Dibrugarh cruise on Friday (Image courtesy: PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off the world’s longest river Cruise, MV Ganga Vilas, in Varanasi via video conferencing. During the event, PM Modi also inaugurated Tent City in Varanasi and laid the foundation stones for several other inland waterways projects worth over ₹1000 crores.

The inaugural ceremony was held in the presence of minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath while Assam CM Hemanta Biswa Sarma and Bihar Dy. CM. Tejaswi Yadav will join the inauguration virtually.

The MV which is 62 meters wide and 12 meters in bredth will traverse 3,200 km through five states in India and parts of Bangladesh over 51 days. It will begin its journey from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and reach Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh.

Besides connecting National Waterway 1 (NW1) and National Waterway 2 (NW2), which are the Ganga and Brahmaputra Waterways, it will connect 27 river systems.

The novel   51 days cruise is slated to  visit 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.