New Ro-Ro service for Majuli from Thursday

Guwahati, October 11: A new Roll-on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) facility in collaboration with the Assam government will be started by Inland Waterways Authority of India(IWAI) connecting Majuli Island.

The facility will be flagged off by CM Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday.

The Ro-Ro facility will cut down the torturous long route of 423 KMs that vehicles take from Neamati to Majuli Island via Tezpur Road Bridge, by limiting the distance to only 12.7 KM with the use of river route.

As per reports, the IWAI has procured a new vessel named MV Bhupen Hazarika at a cost of Rs 9.46 Crore for the new service. The 46.5-metre-long, 13.3-metre-wide vessel has the carrying capacity of eight trucks and 100 passengers. IWAI is also planning to procure more such Ro-Ro vessels for use on river Brahmaputra.

It may be mentioned, Majuli is the biggest riverine island and it has been facing serious communication challenges and with the commencement of the Ro-Ro services to Majuli island, the people will get a new lease of life.