Itanagar, Aug 14 (UNI) The Majhis at Sonarighat in Assam's Dhemaji district could hardly have imagined in their wildest dream that Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh would be on board in their ferry.
On August 11 morning, the ghat was buzzing with routine chores with passengers boarding the ferries to cross the mighty Brahmaputra river, overflowing due to incessant rain in Arunachal Pradesh.
Exactly at 1100 hours, the entourage of the Governor, accompanied by his wife Mrs Anupama Singh reached the ghat, breaking the routine monotony of the area.
In less than a ten minutes time, the former Army Chief was on board to cross the Brahmaputra, sources said here today.
Before anybody could imagine when was the last occasion such VVIP holding a gubernatorial post had crossed the river like a common citizen, the governor took the charge of the steering and started navigating through the Brahmaputra.
For the former Army Chief, it must have been easier to navigate through the waters of Brahmaputra as compared to many difficult situations which he might have experienced during his 43 years of service to the nation as a soldier.
The Governor was on his two days tour to eastern Arunachal Pradesh and preferred to cross the Brahmaputra on ferry instead of taking helicopter to Dibrugarh, sources disclosed.
It was really not a new experience for him, as he, along with his family, had crossed the roaring Digaru and Lohit Rivers on ferry and elephant back many times when he was posted in Tezu as a Colonel, sources added.
The Governor was scheduled to visit to Pangsau Pass on Indo-Myanmar border, which however he could not materialise due to inclement weather.
At Dibrugarh, he had a detailed discussion with the various tea planters about potential of Arunachal Pradesh in tea plantation and proposed that the established tea growers of Assam should help Arunachal to explore its potential.
He also strongly advocated that instead of going for the routine tea, Arunachal should be made as a destination for the organic tea.
He also had a threadbare discussion with some of the tour operators about promoting eco-tourism in the state.
The Governor also visited Digboi refinery in Assam's Tinsukia district and had a detailed discussion about the potential as well as scientific, sustainable and eco-friendly methods of exploring oil in Arunachal Pradesh.
At the end of the tour the Governor expressed that the projects of gauge conversion of Rangia to Murkongselek railway line and rail cum Road Bridge at Bogibeel should be expedited, for which he would personally meet the Railway Minister in the near future, sources added.
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