CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Flags Off New Water Transport Vessels At Guwahati

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On Friday, September 17, the Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has flagged off 5 Inland Waterways Transport (IWT) vessels at Lachit Ghat in Fancy Bazaar, Guwahati.

Among these 5 IWT vessels, 2 are rescue ships while the remaining 3 are passenger ships.

Named as – MV Sonai, MV Lohit, MV Pratima, SDB Vikrant and SDB Vishal, these ships will be pressed into services in Guwahati, Dhubri and Majuli.

During the inaugural event, Sarma said that state government will purchase another 5 Ro-pax ships.

Besides, it will also provide financial assistance of Rs 90 crore for double engine ferries.

However, a fitness exam of the ferries will be conducted prior to its operation, the CM added.

The CM further added that IWT vessels will improve institutional framework for water transport & develop ferry services.

“Pleased to have flagged off 5 IWT vessels to be pressed into services in Guwahati, Dhubri & Majuli. It will improve institutional framework for water transport & develop ferry services, in view of discontinuation of single engine ferry services following the #Nimatighat accident,” – tweeted the CM. 

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