A regular river cruise will begin from 29th March between Kolkata and Dhaka. This is the first time in in the history India
and Bangladesh. The cruise will take the Kolkata-Sunderbans route and, via
protocol route and reach Bangladesh.
Protocol routes are defined maritime
navigational routes agreed upon by two countries through bilateral treaties.
In 2018, India and Bangladesh had had finalised Standard
Operating Procedure SOP for movement of passengers and cruise vessels on inland
protocol route and coastal shipping routes to enable river cruise services
between Kolkata-Dhaka-Guwahati-Jorhat and back.
In 1972, India and Bangladesh had signed the
Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT).It is an agreement between
the two governments for the transportation of goods and keeping their
respective waterways navigable, while providing infrastructure facilities