Majuli ferry mishap: Online tickets, Ro-Pax vessels & Night buses for passengers from now
Guwahati: A week after the tragic boat mishap near Nimatighat killed three persons, Assam government has decided to not only make ticketing service to the passengers of ferries a mandatory but also online.
The decision was taken after the Majuli mishap exposed that tickets were not issued to the passengers of the ill fated boat which led to a huge trouble for the state government initially to know how many passengers were onboard during the mishap. However, ticketing service was available then also.
On Wednesday, visiting the Nimatighat site, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that an app would be launched within next week to buy tickets online.
“Within next week ferry tickets will be made available online through a mobile app. No need to stand in long queues for tickets,” said Sarma.
He said that Inland Water Transport (IWT) has made services of two Ro-Pax vessels operational between Jorhat and Majuli after thorough inspection. Two more will reach Majuli soon, while another is being developed by IWT.
Sarma said that state government has already requested the Centre to send two more Ro-Pax vessels to Assam, of which one will ply between Jorhat and Majuli.
“For passengers’ convenience, timings of Ro-Pax vessels and boats under operation have been re-scheduled and will ply three times a day. Eight local boats suspended for having single engines would be converted into marine engines at the expense of the state government,” he added.
Further, two night buses will ply between Jorhat and Majuli via Dibrugarh.