Guwahati: Assam, the north-eastern state of India, is going to install Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in all its Inland Water Transport (IWT) ferries.
The IWT currently has 66 operational passenger ferries plying in various water bodies across the state. GPS are being installed with a view to strengthening the surveillance and monitoring system and facilitating real-time tracking of river vessels. The system will allow officials to check if a boat has reached a particular location, the vessel’s likely time of arrival at a port, besides defining its boundary of operation and other such details. Currently, the IWTs’ control room in state capital Guwahati provides real-time SMS alert on latest weather report to various subdivisions based on information from the Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati.
Source: Assam Tribune