Guwahati (Assam), Aug 24 : India’s longest passenger ropeway over the Brahmaputra river was formally inaugurated in here by Health Minister rDr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday.
The 1.82 km bi-cable rope way connects Guwahati and North Guwahati and has been constructed at a cost of Rs 56 crore.
The rope way will operate from Kachari Ghat in Panbazar up to the Dol Govinda temple in North Guwahati and it will cut down travel time across the river Brahmaputra from around 1 hour to 7-8 minutes.
The ropeway is a twin track, single haul, bi-cable, jig-back system with two cabins. Each cabin, with full safety measures, can carry 32 people (30 passengers and two operators) at a time, with an overall capacity of 250 persons per hour.The rope way has been built as per state-of-the-art technology following relevant norms.
The opening of ropeway service would reduce the travel time between Guwahati and North Guwahati as well as boost the tourism sector. CM Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted, “with the blessings of Umananda, we dedicate the ropeway between Guwahati and North Guwahati to the people of Assam. Apart from substantially reducing travel time, the rope way will provide a breathtaking view of the mighty Brahmaputra and promote tourism in the State.”