The Guwahati-North Guwahati ropeway was formally launched on Monday by Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in presence of other senior Assam cabinet ministers.

The ropeway is 2km long and the distance shall be covered in seven minutes and each carriage will be able to carry 32 passengers at a time.

However, owing 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.

One way of the ride would cost Rs 60, while a two-way commute would require Rs 100.

Passengers will be able to avail daily, weekly and monthly passes as well.

At present, the ropeway will be operational from 8 am till 6 pm and as many as 58 CCTV cameras have been reportedly installed for round-the-clock monitoring of the ropeway service.

The entire project has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 56 crore.

It may be mentioned here that the ambitious project was initiated in 2006 by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authorities as part of beautifying the Brahmaputra riverfront.

A major portion of work was finally completed in 2019.

Kalpajyoti Saikia

Kalpajyoti Saikia is Senior Reporter of Northeast Now. He can be reached at: kalpasaikia649@gmail.com