himanta biswa sarma: State-of-the-art river terminal with shopping malls, restaurants Upcoming Guwahati: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma
Sarma pointed out that the river terminal will have the necessary facilities for the disabled, the elderly, women and children.
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and work on the terminal should be completed within 24 months, he said.
Smaller versions of these modular terminals will also be installed in different parts of the state, Sarma added.
The CM, as part of the revival of river tourism, landed during the day two catamarans with a capacity of 100 passengers and 50 motorcycles each.
So far, the government has flagged ten catamaran services – eight to Guwahati and two to Majuli – while another ten are on the anvil, it claimed.
Sarma said it is also a step towards modernizing the river transport network.
He noted that plans have been drawn up to install passenger lifts at various points along the bank of the Brahmaputra River, especially near tourist spots such as Kamakhya Temple and Umananda Island.
The CM pointed out that all boats navigating the river are equipped with free marine engines, with ferry services currently being extended until 11 p.m. from 8 p.m.
Sarma further said that a survey has been carried out to start a cable car service from Khanapara region to the airport here, which when constructed will save passengers time and money.
Highlighting the Department of Transport’s achievements, he said seven million people have taken advantage of contactless online services introduced since September last year.
The CM handed over driving licenses to 50 beneficiaries on this occasion and urged the leaders of the Assam Skills Development Mission to train these youths and prepare them for employment.