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Ropeway wrapped up too early; has riding become a distant dream?

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GUWAHATI: The longest river ropeway of India constructed over the river Brahmaputra connecting Assam’s Guwahati with the northern side of the city turned defunct on Wednesday barely after two days of its inauguration. As such, the city residents’ excitement to experience a ride on the ropeway has remained a distant dream.  

A source of the project said, “The motor has encountered a defect early this morning. The engine was not getting power. We are examining the technical default. If it is minor, we will repair it. As of now, it is assumed that the problem is caused due to electric fluctuation. Anyway, repairing will take time.”

GMDA chief executive officer Umananda Doley said, “The contractor reported a technical default citing electric fluctuation. Men are on the job. We expect it to be repaired until tomorrow.”

Doley informed Time8 that the ropeway carried altogether 700 persons – 500 from Guwahati and another 200 from Dol Govinda side.   

Notably, Assam’s finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated the ropeway on August 24 in the presence of Guwahati Development Department Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharyya and other senior officials of the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA).

While dedicating the project to the people of Assam during the inauguration, Minister Sarma said that the ropeway, built at a cost of Rs 56 crore, was one of the most advanced and longest river crossing aerial tramway systems in India.

The ropeway was supposed to take merely eight minutes to traverse the entire length of the ropeway.

The ropeway has been operated from Kachari Ghat in Guwahati and the Dol Govinda Temple in North Guwahati.