JORHAT, May 5 - The Majuli district administration has allowed plying of mechanised passenger ferries from today from two ghats of Majuli to one ghat of Jorhat during the third phase of lockdown that commenced on Monday.
The Majuli district administration has imposed several conditions to carry out the to- and-fro Majuli-Jorhat ferry service.
An order passed by Majuli Deputy Commissioner Bikram Kairi on Monday night stated that 50 percent of the ferries that used to ply between Majuli and Jorhat under normal circumstances will be allowed to ply between Majuli and Jorhat from May 5.
The order said that the ferry service to be run by Inland Water Transport wing of the Transport Department, will be only between Kamalabarighat (Majuli) and Nimatighat (Jorhat) and vice-versa, and between Afalamukhghat (Majuli) and Nimatighat and vice-versa.
Private ferries may be allowed to operate under the authority of the IWT as per the conditions imposed by the Brahmaputra island district administration, the order stated.
The order mentioned that no ferry service will be resumed between Majuli and the northern bank of the Brahmaputra (Lakhimpur).
The order further stated that IWT will have to ensure that only 50 per cent of the total passenger intake capacity of a ferry will be accommodated per trip.
Wearing of masks by passengers and ferry crew members was compulsory, the order mentioned. Arranging handwashing facility at the ghats for passengers before boarding and after de-boarding by IWT along with sanitization of the boats will have to be done, the order stated.
The order also mentioned that maintaining of social distancing norm and following of all other related instructions under Covid-19 rules during the entire journey has to be ensured by IWT officials and staff.
The ferry service resumed today as per instructions from the Majuli district administration, an official of IWT informed.