|British era river route to be revived|
GUWAHATI, March 28 - A British era river route which was once a vital link between the North Bank and the South and had later lost relevance after construction of the Kaliabhumura bridge over Brahmaputra will be revived by the State’s Inland Water Transport (IWT) department.
The ferry service between Dhansiri Ghat of Golaghat and Gomari Ghat in Sonitpur district will resume from April 2 as part of the Namami Bramaputra festival. IWT director Bharat Bhusan Dev Choudhury told The Assam Tribune that initially one ferry will be operated on the 35-km route. “Depending on the demand, we will deploy more boats,” he said. The service was stopped in 2013 following lack of infrastructure on the approaches of the ghats and hitches caused by sandbars etc.
“Once the ferry service starts, farmers can transport the agriculture products on them, the cost of which will less,” Choudhury said.