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New Delhi : UnionĀ  Ports, Shipping & Waterways, and Ayush Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on September 10, 2021, visited Majuli in the aftermath of the tragic boat accident in river Brahmaputra that happened near the river island district on September 8, 2021. The Minister interacted with local representatives and heard their views regarding the incident and expressed his deep condolences to the victims of the accident.

Speaking to the media on the occasion, Sonowal stated that he will always stand with the people of Majuli and look after its development. He also said that Central and State Govt. agencies will work in tandem to dredge the river Brahmaputra so that Ro Pax vessels could travel between Majuli and Jorhat in the winter season.

Sonowal undertook a boat inspection of the accident site and surrounding areas in river Brahmaputra near Nemati Ghat in Jorhat. The Minister directed officials to strictly adhere to safety norms for passengers travelling in ferries and boats and urged them to expedite operations to find two persons, who are missing after the accident, according to a PIB release.

Sonowal also visited the residence of Dr Bikramjit Baruah who is missing since the accident. He spoke with his family members and assured them all support. Later, he met the injured persons who are being treated at Jorhat Medical College & Hospital, and inquired about their health. He was accompanied by Assam Govt. Ministers Chandra Mohan Patowary and Bimal Bora, MPs Pradan Baruah andĀ  Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, senior officials and other dignitaries.