Majuli Bridge work to start from Nov; CM Sarma takes stock of ferry tragedy
Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reached Nimati Ghat in Jorhat on Thursday morning, a day after head-on collision between two ferries that left one person dead and two missing.
Following the incident, CM Sarma announced that the construction work of Majuli Bridge will be started from November and will be completed within 4 years.
Taking stock of the situation, the minister further said that the ferries will now be upgraded to double engine for which a fund of Rs 10 lakh will be provided.
The minister also announced that the government will provide assistance to the family of Parimita Das, who lost her life in the mishap.
The missing persons have been identified as Jaan Baruah of Lakhimpur and Dr Bikramjit Baruah of Jorhat.
Moreover, a criminal report has been lodged on the incident, the CM informed.
Meanwhile, three officials of the Inland Water Transport (IWT) department have been suspended while a magisterial-level enquiry has been set up to probe the incident.
Reportedly, Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary has ordered the suspension of three IWTD officials following the tragic boat mishap.
The suspended officers are Executive Engineer Vikramaditya Choudhury, Assistant Executive Engineer (in charge) Mukut Gogoi and Junior Engineer Ratul Tamuly.
Two ferry boats collided at Nimati Ghat on Wednesday with passengers onboard. The accident occurred when a private ferry, which was heading towards Majuli from Nimati Ghat collided with the ‘MB Tipkai’ ferry (operated by state’s Inland Water Transport department) coming from the riverine island. The private ferry capsized and sank.
Approximately, 120 people were onboard which exceeded the seating capacity of a ferry. Also, the ferry carried motorbikes, cars, and cycles, which were washed away in the incident.
According to latest inputs, Army and Air Force units stationed in Jorhat district joined the rescue efforts at 6.00 am on Thursday, following a brief break of three hours.
At least 42 people were rescued during the night long search and rescue operations by the NDRF and SDRF teams.
Initially, 11 passengers were admitted to the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital. Currently, there are seven people who are undergoing treatment.