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Ropeway across Brahmaputra in Guwahati opens: An engineering marvel

The ropeway across Brahmaputra in Guwahati provides a spectacular view of the Kamakhya temple hills and the Urvashi island below. There are two cabins with a capacity of 30 passengers each. One-way ride fee is Rs 60.

GUWAHATI, Aug 25: A ropeway across Brahmaputra river connecting northern Guwahati with the city main in the south was inaugurated by Assam Health and Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and Guwahati Development Department (GDD) Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya on Monday.

Claimed to be the longest and most advanced aerial tramway across a river in India, it is two km long and the flight duration is eight minutes. It was built at a cost of Rs 56 cr and comprises of two cabins, each with a capacity of 30 passengers and one operator. One-way ride fee is Rs 60 and a return ticket Rs 100.

The ropeway runs between Kachari Ghat in south Guwahati and Dol Govinda temple in north Guwahati. At present there is country boat, ferry and steamer service that takes one hour. The ropeway will pass over the famous Umananda temple on an islet in the middle of the river called Urvashi island/Peacock island, which is said to be the smallest inhabited river island in the world. Neelachal hills where the Kamakhya temple is situated and the Saraighat bridge can also be seen.

“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 ropeway will provide a breathtaking view of the mighty Brahmaputra and promote tourism in the State,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted.

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