Varanasi: Boatmen protest against first cruise service

By Vikas Pathak
VARANASI: Even before it‘s inauguration the first ever luxury cruise service in Varanasi is facing opposition by the local boatmen. The is scheduled to start this and will operate between some major ghats of .

The boat operators have announced that they will not let this service run as it will hamper their livelihood. On 15 August they will protest against the inauguration of the cruise service at Varanasi‘s .

To promote tourism in Varanasi, Nardik Cruiseline is starting cruise services from August 15. The double decker cruise will run between the famous Assi Ghat and Pachganga Ghat. The services will also be expanded as per the water level and will run between Kaithi to Chunar in future.

The tourism department has planned to introduce more cruise services in Varanasi for promoting tourism in future, but the boatmen say that this initiative will affect their income hence affecting their livelihood.

The Alaknanda Cruise Service will cost Rs.750 from each passenger for ‘Kashi Darshan‘. The AC cruise service will also be available for wedding ceremony and corporate meetings.

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