Water taxis, to be run on Hooghly, named after State Govt schemes

A few months back, we had written about the State Government planning to start water taxi services on the Hooghly.

Two water taxis have been bought for the purpose, which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has named after two of the prominent schemes she has devised – Sishu Sathi and Save Life. The services will be inaugurated soon.

Both of these schemes have been highly successful. While Sishu Sathi arranges for free heart operations for children, Save Life Safe Drive attempts to inculcate proper driving habits and teach people to follow road rules.

The Transport Department will run the vessels. Previously, the Chief Minister had named other projects of the Transport Department too, including Gatidhara, Jaladhara and the Pathasathi app.

The water taxis will be operating on two routes. One will be operating from Millennium Park Ghat to Dakshineswar via Belur Math while the other will be operating from Millennium Park Ghat to Belur Math via Dakshineswar.

There are eight seats in each of the water taxis. Six passengers will be carried on each trip, with the two remaining seats to be occupied by the operator and a safety officer. The operator and the safety officer will both be trained personnel, and will oversee the safety and security of passengers.

There are many places of interest along the banks of the Hooghly, both on the northern and southern sides of Millennium Park. If everything go as planned, more water taxis will be introduced, for trips from Millennium Park to Princep Ghat and Kidderpore.

Source: Millennium Post

Cruise service connecting Kolkata to Murshidabad flagged off by WB CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee flagged off the Ganges Voyager-II cruise at the Millennium Park from Salboni through video-wall connectivity on Wednesday. The cruise will start from Kolkata and go to Murshidabad, stopping at historical spots dotting the banks of the river.

This cruise has been started to attract prospective investors who come to the state. The seven-night and six-day trip will offer amenities like spa, bar, lounge, cafe, restaurant and a library. The ship with 28 luxury cabins of ethnic theme will be of international standard. The first commercial cruise will set sail on January 14. It is already houseful with all foreign tourists on board. Operators said their travel partners from abroad have already booked their tickets for the first four years. The cruise is slated to be the main highlight of foreign investment at the three-day Bengal Global Business Summit starting from Thursday.

The ship is built at BN Bose Shipyard in Ghushuri, Howrah. The shipyard itself is a part of the state’s heritage. It was built for Rs 25 crore.

In Bengal, Ganga has two other similar cruises – from Kolkata to Allahabad and from Kolkata to Varanasi. Such cruises are very popular at Alleppey in Kerela where tourists enjoy a cruise through the backwaters on luxury houseboats.