Guwahati: India’s longest ropeway across river Brahmaputra was inaugurated in Guwahati by Assam health and education minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and Guwahati development department (GDD) minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya on Monday.
The highly ambitious project connects Guwahati’s Kachari Ghat in Pan Bazar with North Guwahati. The almost 2-km-long ropeway will massively cut down travel time between the two terminals across Brahmaputra from around 1 hour to less than 7.5 minutes.
Built at a whopping cost of Rs 56.08 crore, the ropeway sees the day of light 11 years after its works started.
The exact length of the bi-cable jig-back ropeway is 1.82 km, and it will take 436 seconds, that is, 7.26 minutes to cover the length.
A cabin can carry 31 people ( 30 passengers and 1 operator) at a time, and the ropeway can handle a capacity of 250 persons per hour.
According to reports, one way of the ride will cost Rs 60, while a two-way commute will cost Rs 100.
Not just a means of traffic decongestion, the river ropeway will also serve as a tourist attraction as it provides a bird’s eye view of the famous Umananda Temple in the Peacock Island.
Also, the Neelachal Hills where Kamakhya temple is situated and a picturesque sunset behind the famed Saraighat Bridge make a breath taking spectacle along its way.