Waterways to connect seven religious sites in Guwahati
Guwahati: Waterways will connect seven historic temples in Guwahati. These temples are Kamakhya, Pandunath, Ashwaklanta, Doul Govinda, Umananda, Chakreshwar and Auniati Satra situated in Guwahati.
Offering details, the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, stated today that these temples will be connected under the ‘Sagarmala Project”. The circuit will sail from Hanuman Ghat, Uzan Bazar and will complete its journey by covering all the above-mentioned temples through waterways. The ferry service is expected to reduce the overall travel time to less than 2 hours for completing one complete circuit.
In this line, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the ‘Riverine-based tourism Circuit’ being developed over the river Brahmaputra will be signed between Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), waterways Development Company Limited (SDCL), Assam Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ATDC) and Directorate of Inland Water Transport (DIWT) Assam in Guwahati tomorrow. The signing ceremony will take place in the presence of Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister of Assam and Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush.
The project is being developed under the Sagarmala Programme at an initial cost of Rs.40-45 crores. SDCL and IWAI will jointly contribute 55% of the project cost while the remaining will be provided by ATDC. DIWT has consented to provide the usage of Ghats near the temples free of cost for the project.
– global bihari bureau