Minister for urban development and urban local bodies Nawang Rigzin Jora while replying to a question by Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah in legislative council on Thursday said the work on the ambitious Bahu Fort-Mubarak Mandi rope would start soon.
The minister further informed the house that the union ministry of environment and forests granted environmental clearance to the project.
He said the standing committee of National Board of Wildlife in its 26th meeting held on October 31, 2012 has recommended the project besides The Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court of India had also inspected the site and recommended it for the award for final clearance.
The committee has recommended the project to the Supreme Court, which shall now fix a date for public hearing in the next 6-8 weeks, the minister said and added that the work was tendered through MS Rites India Ltd who has been engaged as consultants for this project and MS Damodar Rope Way and Infrastructure Calcutta in collaboration with STM Teleferic Turkey has been awarded the contract.
The Minister further said there is no strip of state land available in and around Kali Mata Bahu Fort temple which can be utilised for beautification of the area.
The prestigious project was conceived by Farooq Abdullah's government in 1996 to boost the tourism industry in the Jammu region.
The blue print for this project was first prepared in 1995 and it was to be constructed on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis in which the state government had to provide the land to private parties to raise the infrastructure, operate it for 30 years or so and then transfer it back to Jammu and Kashmir.
The project came to limelight in 2005 when People's Democratic Party and Congress coalition government publicly announced to start the project.
However the project continued to face delay due to the differences between different agencies in the state.