GUWAHATI, Aug 8: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal will flag off four newly-constructed ferries of inland water transport (IWT) department at Kamalabari ferry ghat in Majuli on Thursday.
The Majuli-based ferry service lacks adequate number of ferries of the department as a result the people of the river island have to depend on private ferry vessels.
“Out of these new four vessels, one is 28 metre long steel catamaran built at a cost of about Rs 2 crore which will carry more than 150 passengers apart from four vehicles and five motorbikes at a time. The other three vessels are also constructed keeping an eye on the specific requirements of ferry passengers,” an official release said here on Wednesday.
IWT director Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury said that more such vessels would be placed at Majuli in the future. One Ro Ro vessel is slated to be operational from October between Neematighat and Aphalamukh of Majuli which will facilitate movement of trucks and passengers at the same time.
The chief minister will also lay the foundation for an Amenity Centre at Kamalabari Ghat in presence of transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary with gender and disabled friendly facilities.
The chief minister will also flag off a vessel for a new ferry service between Ahotguri and Misamora which will benefit about 10-12 thousand people who have to travel now via Dergaon, Jorhat, Neematighat to reach the district headquarters at Garmur for simple official works, it added. With the inauguration of new service the people will be able to reach Garmur within a short duration.
Apart from the new vessels one RPL has been refurbished to carry JCB and dumpers to Majuli from Jorhat side and it will also be placed into service by the chief minister on Thursday.