Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened Tent City and laid the foundation stones for a number of waterways projects in Varanasi on Friday. Prime Minister Modi stated that the initiatives will enhance trade, tourism, and employment possibilities in eastern India as he launched the Ganga river cruise from the city.
The Tent City, constructed by the Varanasi Development Authority through a public-private collaboration on the banks of the Ganges, is intended to increase tourism opportunities in the region. In addition to accommodations, it will offer live classical music and yoga classes, among other amenities. It is accessible by boat from many Varanasi ghats.
Beginning of cruise service on River Ganga is a landmark moment. It will herald a new age of tourism in India. https://t.co/NOVFLFrroE
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 13, 2023
The Tent City would be operating from October to June and will be deconstructed for three months during the rainy season due to the rise in river water level, according to PTI.
PM Modi participated remotely at the event, while Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Shipping and Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal were present in Varanasi.
The 51-day Ganga river cruise, touted as the longest river cruise in the world, is slated to reach its final destination, Dibrugarh, in Assam, on March 1. It will travel 3,200 kilometres over 51 days, covering 27 river systems and multiple states before reaching Dibrugarh. The itinerary includes stops at 50 tourist attractions, including World Heritage sites, national parks, river ghats, and important towns such as Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Guwahati in Assam.