The IWT division resumes ferry service on Brahmaputra river in Guwahati

Guwahati: The Inland Water Transport department (IWT) of Assam has resumed passenger ferry services over river Brahmaputra from Thursday while adhering to all the COVID-19 lockdown norms.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, state transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said, “From tomorrow the Ferry Service between North Guwahati and Guwahati is going to be resumed, the ferry service between Majuli and Jorhat had already resumed from May 4, 2020 after due adherence of all COVID-19 safety norms.”

The services allowed are Guwahati-North Guwahati, Guwahati-Madhyamkhanda, Rajaduwar-Guwahati and Guwahati-Kuruwa ferry services.

Ferry services were suspended in the state since the beginning of the first phase of the lockdown.

Earlier, on May 4, the District Magistrate of Majuli had permitted for 50% ferries that had plied regularly before the lockdown to ply under the authority of IWT department. The ferry services are allowed to ply with only 50% of the total intake as mentioned in the registration certificate.

Further, all COVID-19 norms such as social distancing, wearing masks, arrangement of handwashing and sanitisation etc need to be followed.

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