Friday, October 26, 2018

Cruise from Guwahati to Kolkata via Bangladesh to start very soon

In order to increase water transport, India and Bangladesh agreed to explore a route to run passenger and cruise vessels between Guwahati and Kolkata via Bangladesh. 

The cruise vessels will play on the Inland Protocol route and coastal shipping route.

The cruise liner is expected to start from Kolkata and will reach Dhaka via Sunderbans. The cruise  will enter Assam via Dhubri and reaches its last destination Guwahati.

The decision was taken in a meeting pertaining to protocol arrangements and improvement of Inland Water Transportation. 

The two countries discussed various issues pertaining to the protocol arrangements and improvement of inland water transportation between India and Bangladesh in the 19th Standing Committee meeting under 'Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade stated a statement issued by the Ministry of Shipping.

The new arrangement will facilitate movement of  cement, construction materials etc from India to Bangladesh through IWT on Rupnarayan river. 

In the meeting, it was proposed that the protocol routes to b start from  Kolkata and end at  Silchar in Assam. These river cruise services are likely to run  between Kolkata - Dhaka and Guwahati - Jorhat and vice-versa. 

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