GUWAHATI, March 14 - City-based social activist Dwip Baruah has called upon the district administrations of Kamrup Metro and Kamrup to start ferry service for four-wheelers between Guwahati and North Guwahati with a view to reduce traffic congestion on the Saraighat Bridge.
Baruah, who is involved with a committee that has demanded a second bridge over the Brahmaputra between Guwahati and North Guwahati, has already approached the Deputy Commissioners of both the districts in this regard.
�The Saraighat Bridge has become extremely congested in the last few years due to the increase of vehicular traffic. It takes more than an hour in normal situation just to cross the river either from Jalukbari point to Amingaon, or from Amingaon to Jalukbari point, apart from the tedious traffic jams all over the city of Guwahati during peak hours,� Baruah said.
He said both the DCs have appreciated his idea and called upon the government to take up the matter for implementation.
�In other places, like Neamatighat, there is facility for transporting four-wheelers by ferry. A similar service between North Guwahati and Guwahati will reduce traffic congestion on the Saraighat Bridge as hundreds of four-wheelers ply over the bridge every day from nearby towns in the North Bank to attend offices in Guwahati and for other business and go back in the evening,� said Baruah, who is also the president of the Nabin Nagar Welfare Society.
�Once ghats are developed for ferrying four-wheelers, there will be many benefits,� he added. Baruah said the matter had been discussed earlier with the Chairman of the Town Committee of North Guwahati, Kamrup, and the matter had also come up in the District Road Safety Committee meeting held in February 26.