The government is getting ready to open a floating restaurant on a cruise ship in an effort to make Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati River an alluring location for domestic and foreign tourists. The cruise will be launched in June and has a maximum capacity of 150 people, including the crew.
The 90-minute-ride will start from the Sardar Bridge to Gandhi Bridge and onboard the guests will be offered delectable dishes and meals. To entertain them there will be live shows and music.
The charge per person will be Rs.2,000.
Sharing details about this floating restaurant, I.K. Patel, Executive Director of the Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Limited said: “The Sabarmati riverfront was always envisioned to be vibrant and active for the people of the city.” He added that the plan for launching this type of restaurant was there for long but it has materialised now.
The cruise ship has a lower deck and an upper deck. While the latter has an open sky and offers a panoramic view of the surroundings, the former is air-conditioned. According to Patel, there will be live performances, shows, and other activities that will highlight significant historical occurrences associated with Ahmedabad, such as Gandhiji’s satyagraha and the city’s heritage.
The authorities have decided to offer only lunch and dinner on the cruise. The length of the cruise restaurant is 30 metre in length and 10 metre wide.
Even though the cruise’s first trial round was successful in every way, more tests will be carried out before the launch.
The cruise will be run by Ahmedabad-based Akshay Travels Private Limited, which will pay SRFDCL Rs. 45 lakh in annual concession fees in exchange. The Wadia group was awarded the contract for the vessel’s production.
Along with other amenities, the Sabarmati riverfront is home to a number of attractions like kayaking, zorbing, and boating.