To avoid the inconvenience faced by stranded people of Majuli during the lockdown period, Inland Water Transport (IWT) has resumed ferry service from April 25 from Majuli in Assam.
Since then, 258 passengers from Majuli to Neamati Ghat and 724 passengers from Neamatighat to Majuli have been transported by IWT vessels till Wednesday.
This special and free ferry service will continue till May 2 next.
Due to the nation-wide COVID-19 lockdown, people of Majuli were left stranded facing acute problem and inconvenience.
So, the state Transport Department had decided to come out and support these stranded people.
Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary directed the officials of the departmentto start special free ferry service, which is regarded as the lifeline for the people of Majuli.
In pursuance of the government order allowing inter-district movement of stranded persons within the state of Assam, Directorate of IWT has made all necessary arrangements for transportation of stranded persons from Neamati Ghat in Jorhat to Kamalabari and vice versa by IWT vessels.
Under the supervision of IWT officials and district administrations of Jorhat and Majuli, all COVID-19 regulations and advisories like social distancing, hand wash, sanitizing and thermal screening etc have been strictly followed while transporting passengers in the IWT vessels.