1. Some 60 km from Tripura capital Agartala, on the banks of Lake Rudrasagar that has the famous water palace called Neermahal, a group of boatmen are at work to build the state’s longest boat ever.
2. Dulan Sutradhar, the chief of the boat-making team, claims to have built thousands of boats so far. The new boat will be a 200-seater and it isn’t just a project to attract tourists to the lake, but also his effort to keep the traditional art of boat-making alive.
3. A month on, the woodwork is nearly complete. In another month, the boat 65-feet long and 11.5-feet wide will be ready to float. The boat will ferry people from Rajghat to Neermahal and back.
4. The project is estimated to cost Rs 12 lakh. Lake Rudrasagar, which is a massive 2,071.78 acres of water body, has always been a point of attraction owing to Neermahal standing in the middle of its waters.