Guwahati : India and Bangladesh have reached an understanding and have agreed to explore a route to run passenger and cruise vessels between Kolkata and Guwahati via Dhaka. The Cruise ride will ply on the Inland Protocol route and coastal shipping route.
The two countries have agreed, through a standard operating procedure (SOP), for movement of passenger and cruise vessels on Inland Protocol route and coastal shipping route,” said Gopal Krishna, secretary, Ministry of shipping, as quoted by Money Control.
Cruise Ride between Kolkata and Guwahati
As per reports, ships and vessels will commence their trip from Kolkata, West Bengal and reach Guwahati, Assam via Haldia in Bengal to Barisal and Dhaka in Bangladesh.
“Ganga will be connected to Brahmaputra via Indo-Bangladesh protocol route. Ganga in India, called Padma in Bangladesh, Jamuna at Sunderbans in Bangladesh and Brahmaputra in Assam will become the route. The route is expected by March 29, 2019 and will be operated by Heritage cruise line,” said Pravir Pandey, chairman, Inland Waterways Authority of India, as quoted by Money Control.
Cruise ride between Kolkata to Guwahati via Bangladesh
Krishna’s Bangladesh counterpart Md Abdus Samad and senior officials from both sides were also present.
This cruise ride across the Brahmaputra river from Kolkata to Guwahati via Bangladesh will help in strengthening the ties between Bangladesh and India as well as also help in the economy of the North-east. With such an initiative, the government can look forward to more tourism revenue as well as cater to the demands of the people.