Kolkata: Giving stress on improving infrastructure to ensure safety and security of passengers availing water transport, two major jetties including one in Telenipara in Hooghly was opened for operation on Thursday.
Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister and Indranil Sen, Minister of State for Tourism inaugurated the two major jetties. Around 11 state-of-the-art water crafts were also introduced.
During the inauguration, Adhikari said a lot of emphasis has been given to promote the water transport system and at the same time to ensure safety and security of passengers.
The state Transport department has taken up the task of developing the infrastructure of 350 jetties following the Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) and at the same time another 750 will also be developed across the state.
It may be recalled that some people died last year after a temporary jetty at Telenipara collapsed. Now, the biggest jetty in the state has been developed in Telenipara. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given directions to take necessary measures to check such incidents. The state Transport department had immediately taken up the issue and introduced the SOP in jetties and the security and safety of passengers were given primary importance.
Adhikari also emphasised the measures that would be taken to use the water transport for tourism purpose as there are many places of interest along the banks of River Hooghly.
Appreciating the steps taken up by the state Transport department, Indranil Sen said such initiatives will ensure further development of the inland water transportation.
The water vessels which were introduced were named by Chief Minister and the one with carrying capacity of 400 passengers, MV Shikkhashree, will operate from Howrah while each of the 10 others have a carrying capacity of 100 people at a time.
The 10 vessels will be operating between Belur-Kuthighat, Garulia-Bhadreshwar, Telenipara-Shyamnagar, Bichali Ghat-Howrah, Boga-Rasulpure, Aridaha-Uttarpara, Chandpal-Shibpur, Uluberia-Achipur and Diamond Harbour-Kukra Hati.