Guwahati: The Guwahati-North Guwahati ropeway service resumed from Thursday (July 22) after two and half months. The ropeway service was closed on May 6 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the fare has been increased as it will run with 50 percent passengers. Earlier the price for both ways was Rs. 100 which has now been increased to Rs. 150. As per a notice issued by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority, the services will remain active from 8 am till 5.30 pm starting from tomorrow.
The passengers that will be taking up the ropeway services will have to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 protocols. Notably, The fare for one way was Rs. 60 which has now been increased to Rs. 100. The fare for children and senior citizens will remain the same. The weekly fee for using Ropeway has been fixed at Rs 2000 and monthly Rs 6000 . On August 24, 2020, India's 'longest' river ropeway was unveiled in Guwahati amid much fanfare in the presence of state ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma and Siddhartha Bhattacharya. The ropeway was unveiled almost a year after it was completed. The ₹56.08-crore ropeway project was assigned to the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority in 2006. The 1.82 km bi-cable jig-back ropeway is built across the river Brahmaputra.
It took long 11 years to inaugurate the ropeway after the laying of its foundation stone. The two-km ropeway has two cabins – each with a capacity of 30 commuters and two crew members. However, at present during the corona pandemic, each of the two cabins will carry only 15 passengers on each trip. The fare is Rs 60 for a one-way journey and Rs 100 for both ways. The duration of the service is from 8 am to 6 pm at present.