Guwahati, February 13: Assam Inland Water Transport Department is all set to ease the travel of the devotees revering Shiva by making special arrangements to ensure their easy transportation to Umananda temple as well as smooth management of the crowd ahead of the Maha Shivratri scheduled to be celebrated on February 14.
The department, in this view, has allocated eight new ferries with a capacity for carrying 1,500 passengers at once, maintains the Director of the Inland Water Transport Department Bharat Bhushan Choudhury. These eight ferries include Naharbill, Kaziranga, Roopkunwar, Kadam, Taranga, Baghbor, Tuni and Boginodi.
The Director further stated that temporary bridges have been constructed for hassle-free entry of the passengers into these ferries that would be carrying them to and fro from Umananda temple situated at the hilltop across the Brahmaputra River. Furthermore, to prevent any unforeseen events during the day, government officials along with State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) have been deployed keeping in mind the enormous flow of devotees that is witnessed in this island every year.
It may be further mentioned that the Inland Water Transport department has ensured an adequate number of ferries to be functional across as many ghats as Kuruwa, Rojadwar and North Guwahati apart from Umananda-Kachari.