Luxury riverboat cruise on the Ganga raises environmental fears

On its voyage, the MV Ganga Vilas will visit several World Heritage sites, culturally important places, and national parks. PHOTO: ANTARA CRUISES
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BENGALURU - A neon-lit luxury riverboat began its maiden trip through the Ganga River in Varanasi about 10 days ago, amid concerns over its impact on endangered river dolphins.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off MV Ganga Vilas virtually on Jan 13, saying that it would mark “a new age of tourism in India”.

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