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GUWAHATI, Aug 5: The construction works of the aerial rope-way project undertaken by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) connecting Guwahati city and North Guwahati via Urvashi Island area have come to a halt following the objection of the Archeological Survey of India (ASI).

The construction works of the Rs 32-crore project started in 2009 after the GMDA received a go ahead from the Environment Ministry and the Inland Waterways Authority. The ASI also gave its nod for the construction of the rope-way.

But problem cropped up when the Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act was passed in 2010. The very Act says that no construction works be undertaken within 300 metres area of the centrally protected monuments/sites.

The rope-way project aims to serve twin objectives of boosting tourism and reducing the travel time between the North and South banks of the Brahmaputra. Currently, the banks can be reached only through road or ferry boat service.

GMDA sources said a key pillar of the rope-way would fall within 230 metres of Urvashi Island and the ASI had objected to it citing the provisions of the Ancient Monuments Act. “Following the ASI pressure, the construction works of the project have been suspended since February 2011,” said the GMDA sources.

Supporting the Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act 2010, Director of Archeology, Assam, Dr HN Dutta said like Urvashi Island, Umananda Island was also an archeologically protected site. According to Dutta, the GMDA had also breached its building by-laws while constructing the rope-way.

The GMDA sources said the GMDA had forced to change its rope-way construction plan due to the Ancient Monuments Act. But the GMDA sources maintained that there was no problem in the construction of the key pillar on Umananda Island as the pillar would not cast any impact on the beauty of the river island.

Meanwhile, the GMDA submitted around Rs 50 crore new project proposal for the rope-way to the State Government for its clearance and a committee has been formed by the government headed by Additional Chief Secr
etary J Khosla to look into the implementation of the much-hyped project.

The GMDA has estimated that approximately 250 passengers can be ferried per hour through the proposed rope-way.
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Guwahati get massive infrastructure boost! The longest river ropeway in India is set to be opened in six months time. The ropeway is being constructed across the Brahmaputra River connecting the northern and southern parts of Guwahati. Talking to ANI, Ashok Singhal, Chairman of Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority said that the ropeway would be opened for public in 180 days. Singhal said the project was closed for a few years but has picked up the pace after Sarbananda Sonowal became the Chief Minister of Assam.

Benefit for Guwahati
Once this one-of-its-kind ropeway on water project is completed, the travel time between north Guwahati to south Guwahati would be cut down to just 7 minutes. Tourism in Assam and its capital will get a major boost through the ropeway project, said Singhal.

Details of the project
Singhal said that the total cost of the project stood at Rs 53 crore. Major works have been completed, he said. Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) secured permission for this in 2015. It was entrusted with the responsibility to relocate a pillar (T-2) beyond 300-metre of Urvashi Island. The pillar was constructed at the south bank of Brahmaputra River. Apart from this pillar, four other pillars have also been constructed, according to the report.

Once this rope-way facility is completed, Brahmaputra River will have a distinction of having India’s longest river ropeway as well as the longest rail-cum-road bridge over it. In December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge at Bogibeel near Dibrugarh. Bogibeel bridge is a 4.94-km-long double-decker bridge. Bogibeel Bridge was bridge was constructed with an aim to provide a hassle-free defence movement along the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. The project was completed at a cost of Rs 5,900 crore. The bridge also reduced the train travel between Dibrugarh and Delhi to 34 hours from 37 hours.

Images taken from ANI Twitter

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