India’s longest ropeway on Brahmaputra to open for public in Guwahati
On August 24, 2020, the State Minister of Assam, Siddhartha Bhattacharya inaugurated India’s longest ropeway across river Brahmaputra.
The ropeway is to cut short the travel time by almost an hour. It is 2 km long and the distance is covered in 7 minutes. One-way ride is to cost Rs 60.
The ropeway has been built at a cost of Rs 56 crores. The construction was initiated in 2006 as a part of beautifying Brahmaputra. The ropeway is to be of great help when the ferry services had to be stopped between the banks due to excessive flooding of Brahmaputra.
The ropeway journey is to provide view of Neelachal hills (where Kamakhya temple is located).
Tourism in Assam
The first Tourism policy in Assam was announced in 2008. It aims to make Assam a tourist hub in North East India.
The Government of India is planning to promote rural tourism in the north east.
Steps taken to promote Tourism in the north east
The following steps have been taken by GoI to promote rural tourism in the north east
- GoI has planned to build 4,000 km long ring roads connecting the north east state capitals by 2020
- Twenty port townships are be developed on Barak river and Brahmaputra river.
- UDAN regional connectivity scheme is also being developed to connect the region through air.
- The India-Myanmar-Thailand highway is being constructed under India’s Act East Policy.
- The highway is to provide connectivity to ASEAN countries.
International Tourism Mart
- This is being organised by the Ministry of Tourism since 2013.
- The event provides opportunities for the tour operators to project the region as a potential tourist destination.
- The scheme has objectives providing new dimension by providing rural homestay facilities in the state of Assam.