7-minute trip to North Guwahati over Brahmaputra @ Rs 60

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Published: August 24,2020 01:26 PM
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August 24, 2020: If you have to shuffle between Guwahati and North Guwahati and are unwilling to wait for the ferry or wade past the heavy traffic jam, then good news for you.

August 24, 2020: If you have to shuffle between Guwahati and North Guwahati and are unwilling to wait for the ferry or wade past the heavy traffic jam, then good news for you. Or if you are a nature-lover and was longing to get an aerial view of the Brahmaputra, you have reason to cheer.



From Monday, the much-awaited ropeway service between Guwahati and North Guwahati has been started. Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma dedicated the country's longest river ropeway to the nation which was started long back in 2009.





With the opening of the ropeway service, journey time between both the banks of Guwahati has been reduced to only 7 minutes. As of now, the journey by road can take over an hour while a ferry trip takes 15 minutes to half an hour. Now anyone can shuffle between the two sides for Rs 60 in the ropeway which will save time and also give a chance to enjoy the majestic river Brahmaputra.



The total length of the project is 1820 metres. It will have 2 terminals. The lower terminal will be at Panbazar in front of Nehru Park while the upper terminal will be at Rajadwar village, behind Dolgovinda Temple. The terminals will have passenger handling area, ticket counter, parking facility and public convenience area. There are 5 trestles supports. The cabins will have 30 passengers + 1 Operator carrying capacity.



In case of any technical issue with the main line, an extra reserved line for the car has been kept. If there's any technical glitch, the second line will be used so that the passengers are not left stranded mid-way.



The ropeway project had started in 2009 but some technical issues popped up in between. A pillar tilted at first and later there was an issue with the archeological department due to which the project had to be stopped. The project is being completed at a cost of about Rs 56 crore. The ropeway project was earlier scheduled to be commissioned by May 2011 with a private limited company being awarded the construction work on a turnkey design and execution basis. The construction work was stopped by Archaeological Survey of India in February, 2011. Permission for tilt rectification of well foundation number 2 was not given at Urvashi Island. The GMDA secured the permission in 2015, but with a condition of relocating the pillar beyond 300 metres of Urvashi Island. Accordingly, the pillar was constructed at the south bank.