Kolkata: The State Transport Department will be plying six new vessels across Bengal from February 23. The launch programme will take place at Millennium Park in Kolkata. Another three are nearing completion and will be pressed into service within the next two months.
The vessels have been built in line with the new State Government policy. The maximum capacity of each vessel will be 100 passengers. These six will replace semi-mechanised boats or small country boats that have been plying on different rivers of the state.
The maximum capacity of all vessels will be displayed prominently at all the ferry ghats and jetties to avoid overcrowding. Ferry service operators have also been given strict instructions on taking in passengers on their vessels.
The six vessels are MV Banabibi, MV Hazarduari, MV Pathar Panchali, MV Motijheel, MV Jalasrashtra and MV Bhorsagar, and will be operated by North Barrackpore Municipality, Behrampore Municipality, Haldia Development Authority, Haldia Municipality, Rishra Municipality and Naihati Municipality, respectively.