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After Kochi India set to launch water metro services in Ayodhya and Varanasi.


In a visionary move reminiscent of the successful Kochi Water Metro, Ayodhya and Varanasi are poised to embrace a transformative Water Metro service. The initiative, spearheaded by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), promises to seamlessly connect these sacred cities through a network of water routes, bringing unprecedented convenience and ushering in a new era of aquatic connectivity.

The Water Metro services, already proven successful in Kochi, were inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this year. Now, Ayodhya and Varanasi are next in line to experience the benefits of this innovative mode of transportation.

According to Sunil Kumar Singh, the Vice Chairman of IWAI, two Water Metro vessels have completed their journey from Kochi to Kolkata and are set to embark on their next leg of the voyage to Ayodhya and Varanasi. The Ayodhya-bound vessel is anticipated to reach its destination by January 14-15, 2024, marking a historic moment for the city.

A senior official from the Ayodhya administration has shared that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate the Water Metro service in Ayodhya on January 22, coinciding with the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla. This significant occasion underscores the importance and relevance of the Water Metro project in connecting spiritual landmarks and enhancing accessibility for pilgrims and tourists.

The Water Metro service is initially planned to operate between Guptar Ghat and Naya Ghat, providing a convenient and efficient means of transport that is expected to give a considerable boost to religious tourism in Ayodhya. With two jetties already stationed in Ayodhya, these docking points will serve as gateways for boats, symbolizing progress while maintaining the historical and cultural significance of the river.

A jetty, essentially a walkway for boats, acts as the portal through which this ambitious project connects with the cities' waterfronts. This blend of traditional and modern infrastructure is a testament to the government's commitment to harmonizing progress with heritage.

As the Water Metro services prepare to navigate the sacred waters of Ayodhya and Varanasi, these cities are poised to witness not just a transportation revolution, but a convergence of faith and progress. The ripple effect of this initiative is expected to extend beyond convenience, boosting local economies, and fostering a deeper connection between the people and the holy rivers that have been an integral part of their cultural identity.


In the wake of the upcoming inauguration, the Water Metro services in Ayodhya and Varanasi stand as shining examples of how innovative solutions can seamlessly integrate with the rich tapestry of India's spiritual and cultural heritage.

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