The Assam government is planning to modernise the state’s inland waterways at an estimated cost of Rs 7 billion. In a recent development, it launched 10 catamaran vessels, three tugboats and a search-and-rescue vessel in Guwahati. The catamaran vessels, with a carrying capacity of 100 passengers and 50 motorcycles each, are worth Rs 384.3 million. The three tugboats are worth Rs 53.8 million. The search-and-rescue boat, with advanced navigation and communication equipment, speed and manoeuvrability, will serve as a first responder during distress calls.