India’s longest river cruise service from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Bogibeel in Assam is ready to be launched in 2023. It would cover a distance of more than 4,000 km, and pass through the Ganga, Brahmaputra, and Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route (IBPR).
With this initiative, the government aims to promote the use of waterways in Assam and to boost trade and livelihood in tourism and cargo transportation. It also intends to promote river cruise tourism and inland navigation, and the construction of terminals across the National Waterways - 2 (NW-2), i.e. the Brahmaputra.
The minister of ports, shipping, and waterways recently launched multiple development projects for Bogibeel. With respect to the same, the minister also laid foundation stones for the two floating jetties costing INR 8.25 crores at Bogibeel and Gujjan. The contract for the construction of these jetties has been awarded to Coastal Consolidated Structures Pvt Ltd, by the Inland Waterways Authority of India. Both these jetties are expected to be built by February 2023.