August 30, 2018
Jetties & vessels in Bangla to get electronic display boards
The riverine transport system ferrying people and goods along the Hooghly to different places in Kolkata and its suburbs has been getting a gradual makeover from the Trinamool Congress Government for quite some time. The latest addition to the system would be a passenger information system (PIS).
The PIS would consist of electronic display boards showing live updates of the timings of connecting ferries as well as connecting buses and, where available, connecting trains from the nearest station. Thus a comprehensive transport communication system connecting vessels, trains and buses would be created.
The World Bank is providing financial aid to the State Government for the project. In this connection, it must be said that the international bank has expressed its appreciation at various times regarding the timely and total implementation of the projects that it has been providing aid for, for the Bangla Government.
The boards would be mounted on the ferries as well as at the jetties, or ghats. As of now, it has been decided to set these boards up at 80 important ghats and on the government vessels.
This project is part of a 360-degree project to modernise the riverine transport system along a vast stretch of the southern portion of the river Hooghly. For many people in this region, the river is a lifeline and so the implementation of the PIS would be a big boon.
Other aspects of the modernisation project are redesigning of the jetties keeping the local culture and history in mind. They would have facilities like toilets, cafes, etc. and would have a clean and tidy look. In fact, the aim is to convert these jetties, many of which have long and colourful histories, into mini tourist spots.
Source: Sangbad Pratidin