Assolna ferry breaks down

Daily commuters on the Assolna-Cavelossim ferry service had some anxious moments after the ferry developed a technical snag mid river.

An Innova vehicle, besides passengers had boarded the ferry when the gear box developed a technical snag.

Locals pressed into service a country made canoe to ferry the stranded passengers. A foreign couple, who were reportedly scheduled to take an evening flight, took the canoe service to land at the Assolna jetty point.

When contacted, Traffic Officer, River Navigation Kushali Vagonkar told Herald that the ferry boat was stranded mid river since the gears failed to function.

“Our staff manning the ferry telephonically informed me that the ferry would be pulled at the ferry wharf later in the evening”, he said, adding that the department would dispatch a team of mechanics to repair the vessel on Friday morning. [H]