Assam govt starts ferry service to Jadav Payeng’s forest area

A ferry service to connect Molai Chapori, a barren land turned into a forest by environmentalist Jadav Payeng, with other nearby parts was inaugurated by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on September 7.

Sonowal flagged off a ferry service between Kokilamukh and Kartik Chapori, which will touch Molai Chapori, across the Brahmaputra at a programme at Kolilamukh in Jorhat district.

The ferry service will be operated under the supervision of Inland Water Transport department.

Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said with the inauguration of the ferry service the long-pending demand of the people of Kokilamukh and Kartik Chapori has been met.

He said because of the absence of a regular ferry service there was no transportation network between the people living on both the banks of the river.

Therefore, as a result of the inauguration of a regular ferry service there would be smooth connectivity between both the banks.

He also said the ferry service would serve as a boost to the tourism potential of Molai Chapori.

Sonowal at the same time thanked Jadav Payeng for promoting Molai Chapori and turning it into a tourist attraction by transforming the barren land into a forest.

He also thanked the local people as well as the media for drawing the attention of the government to the communication bottleneck in the area.

He further reiterated state government’s commitment to serve the people living even in the remotest part of the state and urged them to take the benefits of the government’s schemes.

MLA Bimal Bora, environmentalist Jadav Payeng, deputy commissioner of Jorhat Roshni Aparanji Korati, director IWT Gautam Das and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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