‘Country’s longest ‘ropeway over a river’ inaugurated in Guwahati’

  • Category
    Economy
  • Published
    2nd Sep, 2020

Context

The Assam government inaugurated a 1.8-km-long ropeway over the Brahmaputra, connecting Guwahati to North Guwahati. It is the longest ropeway on a river in India.

About

  • Built at a cost of Rs 56 crore, it comprises of two cabins, each with a capacity of 30 passengers and one operator.
  • It takes eight minutes to traverse the entire length of the ropeway.
  • The ropeway uses a “twin-track, single-haul, bi-cable double reversible jig back” system.
  • The ropeway comprises two cabins — each with a capacity of 30 passengers plus one operator.
  • The ropeway will be operated from Kachari Ghat in Guwahati and the Dol GovindaTemple in North Guwahati.
  • It will pass the Umananda Temple on a small island in the middle of the Brahmaputra.
  • This is said to be of one of the most advanced & longest river crossing Aerial Tramway systems in India.

What is the need of a ropeway?

  • Thousands of people commute every day between the capital city of Guwahati and the town of North Guwahati, where IIT Guwahati is located.
  • The ropeway cuts travel time between the two banks to 8 minutes.
  • The current travel options between the two banks are by ferry (30 minutes or more, depending on current and season) or by road through a bridge that usually takes over an hour in the traffic.

Significance of the initiative

  • It will help in not only promoting tourism but also make commuting easier.
  • This is said to be of one of the most advanced & longest river crossing Aerial Tramway systems in India.
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