Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal  flagged off Kokilamukh- Kartik Sapori ferry service across the Brahmaputra at Kokilamukh in Jorhat on Monday.

Sonowal said that with the launching of the ferry service difficulties faced by people of remote Kartik Sapori for travelling to and fro to mainland Jorhat will be reduced to a large extent.

Padma Shree Jadav Payeng, the Forest Man of India resides on this sandbank of the Brahmaputra.

Sonowal said that students and traders who need to visit the town on a regular basis will mostly be benefitted.

The Chief Minister said that the government had been working for all-round development of the State and improving transportation services was one of the key areas.

Sonowal said that the service will be run by IWT and he sought the cooperation of the local people in the successful implementation of the service.

Payeng who is the brand ambassador of State Forest and Environment department had planted the Molai Kathani forest, adjoining  Kartik Sapori where a forest had grown due to efforts of Payeng.

Earlier, the Chief Minister visited the branch of Shree Shree Auniati Satra of Majuli at Koliapani under Teok Revenue Circle in Jorhat district and laid the foundation stone of a park at the Satra premises to be developed by the Assam Forest and Environment.

Sonowal also gave away the Shree Shree Auniati Satra-instituted Damodardev Award to writer and Editor-in-Chief of Amar Asom Assamese Daily Manoj Goswami at a function organised at the branch Satra premises.

He later held a meeting with the Upper Assam Chamber of Commerce and the Assam Chamber of Commerce and assured them looking into their grievances.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com