In a major boost for religious tourism in the state, the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor will be connected with Vindhyachal Corridor through Ro Ro boat (ship) service in the Ganga, reports Hindustan Times.
The boat service between Varanasi and Chunar in Mirzapur, will soon be extended to Vindhyachal, after the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor is completed and inaugurated, possibly in November. This move is slated to promote religious tourism and employment opportunities.
Varanasi tourism department had made a plan to connect the two corridors through the Ro Ro boat service, stated regional tourism officer, Keertiman Srivastava.
He added that two Ro-Pax boats, MV Swami Vivekananda and MV Sam Manekshaw, which arrived in the city over 10 months ago, are already anchored in the Ganga here.
Both the ships have been introduced for Ro Ro boat service which has already been started up to Chunar in Mirzapur, which is around 70 km from Varanasi.
“Devotional numbers will be played on the music system to create a devotional ambience on the ships during the journey. It will also give an opportunity to the religious tourists or pilgrims to enjoy the panoramic view on either side of the Ganga between Varanasi and Vindhyachal,” he said.
As the MV Vivekananda boat or MV Sam Manekshaw boat will reach Vindhyachal, it will be anchored at the ghat and pilgrims will go to the Vindhyachal Corridor where they will offer prayers to Maa Vindhyavasini and visit Kali Khoh and Maa Asthtbhuja Temple before boarding the boat for the return journey.
He said a tour package was being designed and would be ready soon. There was a plan to offer snacks like fried potatoes, puri-sabji and fruits to the pilgrims during the journey, he said.
The RO-PAX (Roll-On-Roll-Off-Passenger-ship) boat is a double-ended ferry that sails at an average speed of 15-17 knots (31.48 kmph).
Kashi Vishwanath Corridor is a project worth over Rs 900 crore and nearly 75 per cent of the work has already been completed.
Vindhyachal Corridor is another ambitious project of the Yogi Adityanath government.
The project, worth about Rs 128 crore, is likely to be completed in 2022 or in early 2023.