Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal will flag off four newly constructed terry vessels of Inland Water Transport on August 9 at the Kamalaban ferry ghat of Majuli. The move will provide infrastructural facilities to the ghat that has been in a dilapidated condition till date.
Out of the four new vessels, one is a 28-metre-long steel catamaran built at a cost of about Rs 2 crore which will carry more than 150 passengers, besides four vehicles and 50 bikes at a time.
- Kamalaban ferry ghat to get four new terry vessels
- Vessels built at a cost of about Rs 2 crore
- Vessel to capacitate 150 passengers, four vehicles and 50 bikes at a time
- One Ro Ro vessel between Neamatighat and Aphalamukh slated to be operational from October
- Vessel to facilitate movement of trucks and passengers at the same time
The other three vessels are also constructed keeping an eye on the specific requirements of ferry passengers. Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury, director, Inland Water Transport, said that more such vessels will be placed in Majuli in future.
Sonowal to lay foundation stone of an amenity centre with disabled-friendly facilities
The chief minister will also lay the foundation stone of an amenity centre at Kamalaban ghat in presence of transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary with disabled-friendly facilities.
Sonowal will also flag off a vessel for a new ferry service between Ahotgun and Misamora which will benefit about 10-12 thousand people who have to travel now via Dergaon, Jorhat, Neamatighat to reach the district headquarters at Garmur.
It may be mentioned that a social and environmental impact study is being made by IWT to develop and modernise the sector with the assistance of World Bank within a period of five years.