The fastest inland ferry, named, Vega 120, is launched in Kerala on Monday that can cruise at a speed of 25km/hour.
Guwahati: Kerala government today launched Vega 120 which is claimed to be the fastest inland ferry and is going to connect Ernakulam, Kottayam and Alappuzha districts. The ferry is designed to be partly air-conditioned and is claimed that it will connect Vaikkom and Ernakulam in 90 minutes, which is a distance of 35-km. Generally, the regular bus services commuting by road take a time frame of two hours between Vaikkom and Ernakulam.
Kerala Finance minister Isaac Thomas inaugurated the ferry on Sunday. However, the ferry made its first trip from Vaikkom to Ernakulam on Monday morning only. The first trip was covered in 1 hour 55 minutes with three stops at Perumbalam South, Panavally and Thevara Ferry.
The inauguration of this new ferry service has come as a big relief for the regular commuters in the route, especially the ones who need to go to the office, school, and colleges daily. For connecting this vassal with other major points on the route, there will be connection boats. The total passenger capacity of the vassal is 120 passengers of whom 40 can be accommodated in the AC cabin and 80 in the non-AC cabin. The tickets for the AC and non-AC sections come in a fixed rate, i.e., Rs 80 for the AC cabin and Rs 40 for the non-AC section.
The Chief Minister's Office of Kerala took to Twitter to express its pleasure for the launch of this fastest inland ferry and posted:
Navgathi Marine Design and Constructions designed and built the Vega 120 with new generation style and designs. The ferry is equipped with marine grade glass-reinforced plastic (GRP). Moreover, as claimed by the CEO of Navgathi, Sandith Thandassery, the ferry will save a lot of money due to its ‘fuel-efficiency.’