In a major boost to regional connectivity, India’s ‘longest’ river ropeway has been opened in Guwahati, Assam. Made with the investment of ₹56.08-crore, the 1.82 km bi-cable jig-back ropeway is built across the river Brahmaputra, which connects Kachari Ghat on the southern bank in the main city to North Guwahati.
Along with the breathtaking view of the Brahmaputra river, the ropeway is also expected to boost tourism in the region as the ropeway passes by the Urvashi island and the commuters will catch a glimpse of the Umananda Temple on Peacock Island, built by Ahom King Gadadhar Singha.
Notably, many people commute between the capital city of Guwahati and North Guwahati town, where the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati is located. The newly inaugurated ropeway cuts the travel time between these two banks to around eight minutes
Presently, the travel options between the two banks are by ferry, which takes half an hour or more, depending on the season and current, or by road through a bridge that generally takes more than an hour in the traffic.
“The ropeway, one-way travel will take around nine to ten minutes. So if a person can complete a round trip between Guwahati and North Guwahati in just 20 minutes, it will be highly beneficial,” CEO of the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority, Umananda Doley said.
The state-of-art ropeway
Consisting of two cabins with each having a capacity of 32 passengers, the ropeway has been built as per state of art technology following international standards. Further, the ropeway is a convenient and non-polluting means of transport along with a source of environmentally friendly tourism as it is run by electric power.
A safer and sustainable means of transport
The ropeway service would not only benefit people residing in the northern regions of Guwahati, Assam but it will also project a safer means of transport. People living in the northern vicinity of Guwahati suffer from flash floods during the monsoon season and ferry services also remain suspended on the Brahmaputra river at the same time. Additionally, traveling by road to reach the main city of Guwahati takes up too much time and cost during the floods.
Taking COVID-19 protocols into account
Even though India’s longest ropeway has a capacity of carrying 32 passengers in each cabin at a time, the ropeway, however, given the Covid-19 protocol, will for the time being only carry 15 people.