MV Ganga Vilas, a three-decked river cruise has been launched from Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi. However, according to environmentalists and conservationists, the cruise could do lasting damage to the habitat of the endangered Ganges river dolphin (Platanista Gangetica), reported The Guardian.
MV Ganga Vilas is the longest river cruise in the world which will take its maiden journey from Varanasi and travel 3,200 km over 51 days to Dibrugarh in Assam, passing through 27 different river systems.
The luxury voyage will pass through Kaithi village, 30km from Varanasi at the confluence of the Ganges and Gomti River. The intersection's deep water and slower currents offer the endangered dolphin a secure refuge. Wildlife experts estimated that 35 to 39 dolphins were present in the