With the onset of the new year and several developments on significant projects, the Assam Cabinet Assembly on 12th January after several debates and considerations successfully passed the ‘Sagarmala Religious Tourist Project’, which can be considered to be one of the key roles in generating a large scale of increment as well as developments in the tourism sector of the state in the upcoming days.
The project has been initiated under the Sagarmala Development Company Ltd. working in close relation with the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways the ‘ Sagarmala Religious Circuit Project’ shall begin on the National Waterways of river Brahmaputra, where it can provide a convenient travel experience for the tourists and daily passengers efficiently.
Marking its origin in the year 2015 at first Sagarmala was solely launched to enhance the ‘logistics’ services throughout the country, but the new approach of ‘Sagarmala’ was thought to be considered as a part of the country’s most popular kind of religious tourism, this collective initiative of the Assam Cabinet Assembly and the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, under the Government of India, the voyage shall be connecting 5 crucial holy Hindu religious places making it easier for the tourists to arrive.
Moreover, the Minister of Public Health Engineering, Skill Development Employment and Entrepreneurship and Tourism, Jayanta Mallabaruah at a press conference claimed that the frequency and the availability of the ferries shall be made available after every 20-25 minutes. Furthermore, he promised to come up with technologies that will soon enable tourists to reach the top of Kamakhya Temple with the help of newly developed elevators and reach the destination within 2-3 minutes.
However, to execute the plans for creating ease in transportation which shall consume even lesser time, the Sagarmala Development Company Ltd. along with Inland Waterways Authority of India, Assam Tourism Development Corporation, and Directorate of Inland Water Transport Assam has collectively made proposals for building a special purpose vehicle (SPV) as well.
Although the economic share has been divided amongst the state and the central government keeping the share of this project at 45% and 55% respectively. The introduction of Sagarmala shall unlock the untapped potential of the waterways making it more worthy of the state of Assam where the mighty Brahmaputra flows by with generation of the economy in both the waterways and the tourism sector, attracting more religious pilgrims and tourists with a new and better mode of transportation.