Kolkata: The Bengal Government is soon going to start a RO-RO (roll on-roll off) ferry service between Kakdwip and Sagar Island in the Sunderbans, which would be able to carry vehicles (both passenger vehicles and trucks) as well as people.
The vessel has been bought at a cost of Rs 3 crore. This RO-RO service across the Muriganga river (between Lot No. 8 jetty in Kakdwip and Kochuberia on Sagar Island) would start soon after the completion of demonstrations, which are taking place at Babughat in Kolkata.
The vessel is such that it can operate during high tide and low tide too, the two times of the day when the local people face difficulty as other ferry services are suspended. Another advantage is that it has the capacity to ferry 20 vehicles (whereas the ones operating, which are private, can carry a maximum of ten).
This ferry service would also be especially helpful during the month-long Sagar Mela festivities, starting from early January, when lakhs of devotees from across the country, and also domestic and foreign tourists, converge in Kakdwip to cross over to Sagar Island.