GUWAHATI, July 27 - Assam will soon get state-of-the-art Ro-Pax vessels that will replace the earlier Ro-Ro vessels. The Union Ministry of Shipping will deliver these vessels built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd.
Stating this in a press release, Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said the transport department had been in constant touch with the Union Ministry of Shipping, and on the State�s request, the Inland Waterways Authority of India, Ministry of Shipping will deliver Assam four Ro-Pax vessels.
These vessels have low draft, good manoeuvrability in comparison to the earlier Ro-Ro vessels which had less manoeuvrability due to bigger size and high draft for which it faced difficulty in plying over the Brahmaputra.
Two of these four new Ro-Pax vessels would be placed in Majuli, while one each will be placed in Guwahati and Dhubri.
The vessels will operate in the national waterways No. 2 stretching from Dhubri to Sadiya. The vessels are already en route from Kolkata to Guwahati via Bangladesh and have reached Hemnagar, West Bengal today, Patowary said.
The new Ro-Pax vessels have a capacity of 200 passengers and along with these, can carry two trucks and four cars.