New cruise-boat for fun

Residents take a ride on MV Kautilya, a new cruise-boat that was made operational in Patna on Wednesday. One has to pay Rs 100 per hour to enjoy the ride from Gandhi Ghat. The vessel, operated by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC), will make four trips every day between 12noon and 6pm.

  • Published 2.06.16
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Residents take a ride on MV Kautilya, a new cruise-boat that was made operational in Patna on Wednesday. One has to pay Rs 100 per hour to enjoy the ride from Gandhi Ghat. The vessel, operated by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC), will make four trips every day between 12noon and 6pm. The entire boat can be booked for Rs 2,500. It can accommodate 30 people at a time. BSTDC is operating the new vessel in addition to MV Ganga Vihar, also known as the floating restaurant. "The advantage with the new cruise-boat is that it can operate even in shallow waters," said a senior BSTDC official. "The water level in Patna is quite shallow because of the high silt discharge in the river, which is why big ships don't operate in this region." BSTDC has been running the floating restaurant between Gandhi Ghat and Gai Ghat since July 21, 2009. The air-conditioned restaurant has a seating capacity of 48 people with 15 additional chairs kept on its roof. Food served at the restaurant is brought from Bhagirathi Vihar located on Gandhi Ghat and is usually priced between Rs 350 and 650. MV Kautilya Vihar, however, does not have a restaurant. BSTDC officials said tea and drinking water would be provided to the visitors. Apart from the new ship, BSTDC has also placed an order for a floating jetty that would be placed at Gandhi Ghat, from where the two vessels operate. Senior BSTDC officials said the floating jetty would allow MV Ganga Vihar and MV Kautilya even when the water level rises during the monsoon. 

Text by Piyush Kumar Tripathi, picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh 

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