The government of Assam is planning to modernise the state’s inland waterways at an estimated cost of Rs 7 billion. In a recent development, 10 catamaran vessels, three tug boats and a search-and-rescue vessel in Guwahati were launched. The catamaran vessels are worth Rs 384.3 million with a carrying capacity of 100 passengers and 50 motorcycles each. Besides, the three tug boats, are worth a total of Rs 53.8 million. Moreover, the search-and-rescue boat with advanced navigation and communication equipment, speed, and manoeuvrability will serve as first responders during distress calls. These modern vessels are set to redefine inland water transport in the state, offering numerous benefits in terms of efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability.