PATNA: The Ganga Vilas Cruise, which was inauguarated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, reached Patna as per schedule and is not stuck in Chhapra, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) clarified on Monday.
"The Ganga Villas reached Patna as per schedule. There is absolutely no truth in the news that the vessel is stuck in Chhapra. The vessel will continue its onwards journey as per schedule" IWAI said in a tweet quoting Chairman, IWAI, Sanjay Bandopadhyaya.
Chhapra's CO Satendra Singh said local journalists earlier misquoted him.
"Local journalists have misquoted me, I just said SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) boats were at the spot as a precautionary move. There is no obstacle of any kind," Singh told ANI.
He said that the SDRF boats were provided "by the district authorities" as a routine precautionary measure.
It was earlier reported that Ganga Vilas Cruise got stuck Chhapra due to shallow water in the Ganga.
The cruise, which will cost an average Rs 20 lakh per person for the 51-day trip from Varanasi to Dibrugarh, is fully booked till March 2024. The 62-metre long vessel is entirely made in India and cost Rs 68 crore.
During its 51-day voyage, the cruise will travel 3,200 km across 27 river systems. The cruise will visit 50 tourist destinations, including world heritage sites, national parks, river gorges, and major cities. It will make a stop at Patna (Bihar), Shahibganj (Jharkhand), Kolkata (West Bengal), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Guwahati (Assam) and Dibrugarh (Assam).
The cruise will have vegetarian Indian cuisine, assorted non-alcoholic beverages, spa, and doctors on call. Tourists will be served local food and seasonal vegetables.
The 51-day luxury journey costs Rs 50 lakh-Rs 55 lakh per passenger. Most of the tourists who have secured seats in the maiden voyage are from the US and Europe.
(With agency inputs)