Kolkata, Feb 24 IBNS | 8 months ago

The West Bengal government has decided to launch river cruise services from Kolkata to Patna.

The state government has inked an agreement with the Assam Bengal Navigation, one of the oldest operators of luxury river cruise in the east, to this effect.

"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee kept insisting on projecting the myriad facets of Bengal culture through heritage cruise along the Ganges. We have already started some river cruises. But we are all set to take a major step forward on Saturday. The luxury vessel will touch upon Bengal's major heritage spots on its way to Patna," said state transport minister Madan Mitra.

After the introduction of helicopter services, exploring the waterway, which has remained highly under-utilized till now, was the need of the hour, added the minister.

M V Rajmahal, the vessel with restaurants, bar, saloon and spa, will start its journey from Millennium Park jetty here.

It would briefly stop at Barrackpore, Chandernagore, Kalna, Nabadwip, Mayapur, Plassey, Murshidabad, Farakka and further up at Bhagalpur, Monghyr and Patna.

The vessel will use Millennium Park jetty belonging to West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC).

(Posted on 24-02-2014)

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