The Health and Education Minister of Assam, Dr. Himanta Biswa and Guwahati development department (GDD) minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya inaugurated the India’s longest river ropeway in Guwahati. This was on August 24.
As per reports, the ropeway is 2-km long. It connects the north and south banks of the Brahmaputra river. Also, it is a huge achievement for India. For the first time, ropeway towers are deep inside a major river bed.
The newly made ropeway links Kachari Ghat situated on the southern bank of Brahmaputra in the main city to the northern part of Guwahati. The ropeway aims to reduce the travelling time between the two locations by 8 minutes.
Till now, the travel from North Guwahati to the main city was possible either by ferries, boats or roadway. This would take upto an hour. So, the ropeway cable car was made in Switzerland. Also, it has the capacity to accommodate 30 passengers at a time with a driver. It can handle movement of 250 persons each hour. Check the video here.
Talking about the fares, the cable car ride for one-way will cost INR 60, and a two-way commute is INR 100.
So, the ropeway will cross Peacock Island, the smallest river in the world having human settlement. It is also home to the Umananda Temple.