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Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal takes stock of Nimatighat boat tragedy

Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday visited Nimatighat to take stock of ferry tragedy that took place on Wednesday, which claimed one life and two yet missing.

Search and rescue operation, carried out by the NDRF and SDRF team are still looking for two persons, who went missing following the boat accident in Majuli.

The two missing persons have been identified as Vikramjeet and Jaan Baruah.

Talking to media persons in Majuli on Friday, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “It was an unfortunate and very painful incident. I had a detailed discussion with the State Chief Minister Himanta Bisawa Sarma regarding the incident. We want to make sure that this kind of incident does not take place in future.”

Paying tribute to Parimita Das, who lost her life in the ferry incident, Sonowal said, “If the bridge would have been constructed, this kind of incident would not have taken place. Search operation for the two persons is still continue by the SDRF and NDRF team with support from Majuli and Jorhat district administration.”

Talking about the Jorhat-Majuli bridge, Sonowal said that the process of construction of the bridge had begun in 2015.

“I won’t do politics with the people of Majuli. I will work diligently and responsibly for the people of Majuli wherever I stay.”

According to Assam government record, 90 persons were travelling in the boat out of which 2 are missing and one died.

A 28-year-old woman identified as Parimita Das from Guwahati died at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital(JMCH).She was an Assistant professor at a college in Majuli.

The mishap occurred when the Majuli-Kamalabari bound private boat ‘Ma Kamala‘, collided with the government owned ferry ‘Tripkai‘, which was coming from Majuli.

The Assam government has banned operation of private ferries in the state.

“From today, plying of private ferries will be stopped as they don’t have marine engine,” CM Sarma said.

Sarma gave an option to the private ferry owners to convert the engines of their boats to a marine engine.

“If owners wish to convert single engine to marine engine, government will provide grant of Rs 10 lakh with 75% subsidy,” CM Sarma said.

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