India’s longest passenger ropeway was formally inaugurated in Assam’s Guwahati over the river Brahmaputra. The 1.82 km bi-cable ropeway connects Guwahati and North Guwahati and has been constructed at the cost of Rs 56 crore.
This ropeway will operate from Kachari Ghat in Panbazar to the Dol Govinda temple in North Guwahati, and it will cut down travel duration across the river from 1 hour to around 7-8 minutes.
Apart from the majestic look of the river Brahmaputra, the ropeway ride will enable the passengers to have a look at the Urvashi island and catch a glimpse of the Umananda temple which was built by Ahom King Gadadhar Singha. It has the potential to boost tourism in the state since it can help people to witness nature and culture at the same time.
One way of the ride will cost Rs 60, and the two-way trip will cost Rs 100 to the passenger each. 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 at a time.
Umananda Doley, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Guwahati Development Department assured that all the world-class safety measures had been installed in the ropeway and latest Swiss technologies have been used to make it.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the authorities have decided to allow 15 passengers for the time being, and every passenger will have to wear protective gear as well.
It’s worth exploring for all the travel freaks once the pandemic gets over.