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Land communication to end misery in Majuli
A Correspondent
 MAJULI, Oct 2 - A changing scenario is being noticed in the field of communication in Majuli due to some progressive steps like introduction of a few new buses from Majuli to Lakhimpur, development of roads, facility to bring in goods directly from some other districts of Assam through land etc.

A few months ago, the people of Majuli used to go to Jorhat for buying their daily provisions, but due to the introduction of regular buses from Majuli to Dhakuakhana and Lakhimpur, people have now started to go to these places instead of Jorhat. Regular bus service from Majuli to Guwahati via Lakhimpur and Tezpur has been also introduced and people have been heavily benefited by this. Now the people of Majuli can travel to various places of Assam without having to board a ferry, which, a few years ago, was only a dream.

Development in communication has also influenced the economy of the river island. Earlier, to bring in or sell anything into or from Majuli, one had to transport the goods through ferry from Majuli to Jorhat, which was a painful and costly process. Due to the extra charges on ferry, the businessmen of this island hiked the price of the goods and as a result, the common people had to suffer. But now, as the roads, connecting Majuli to Lakhimpur, have been developed, people can bring things directly from Lakhimpur or some other districts of the State and businessmen are also able to sell their goods at a reasonable price.

Development in surface communication has also brought about changes to the tourism sector of this island. Now tourists can come to Majuli without crossing the mighty Brahmaputra on a ferry, which is a great relief for some of them. However, despite the development on the communication front of Majuli with other districts through roads, ferry is still its main medium of communication. A developed communication system through both land and water can be very profitable for Majuli because the land route (Majuli to Guwahati) can also be used as a substitute for ferries which generally remain closed during floods. Though new changes have occurred in the field of communication in Majuli, still a lot remains to be done in this regard. This changing scenario will be completed if the government does construct the bridges over Luhit and Khaboli (connecting Majuli and Lakhimpur) and Brahmaputra (connecting Majuli and Jorhat) respectively, as they promised before the elections. The expectations of the people of this island have also increased in this regard.

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