Ferries In Majuli Allowed To Ply With 50 Percent Capacity

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Ferries in Majuli registered under the Inland Water Trasport (IWT) have been allowed to ply with 50 per cent intake capacity in the Island District.

The administration has issued several guidelines for the permitted activities with restrictions in Majuli.

The movement of individuals has been prohibited between 6 PM and 6 AM throughout the district, except for emergency services family medical services, police, fire services and emergency response for restoring Telecomm and electricity. All standalone shops are allowed to operate till 5 PM and in areas where there are adjacent shops there will be two closed shops in between two open shops except for pharmacies, grocery stores and book shops.

The auto-rickshaws will operate with one driver and two passengers maintaining social distancing while private four-wheelers are allowed with driver and two persons.

For two-wheelers, pillion riding is allowed only with either one female or one child up to the age of 12 years.

Along with this, all construction works is allowed with a maximum of 50 per cent capacity.

Along with these all the guidelines are similar to the ones in green zones across the country.

The administration has also allowed 50 percent of total number of ferries to ply under the authority of IWT Department. The Ferries will have to carry only 50 per cent of the total intake capacity as mentioned in the Registration certificate.

All Northern bank Ghats will remain closed and in the southern bank, only Kamalabari-Nemati Ghat and Aphalamukh-Nemati Ghat will function.

The private ferries may operate under the authority of IWT without violating the upper limit on the number of ferries plying per day. The AEE, IWT has also been directed to arrange hand washing and sanitization at ghats before boarding and de-boarding and ensure that no person is allowed to board the ferry, without wearing face mask. Executive Engineer, IWT. Dibrugarh Division will ensure compliance of the above direction.

The administration stated that any person violating these lockdown measures will be liable to be prosecuted as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under Sections of the IPC.

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