Grappling to overcome traffic chaos in Himachal Pradesh, the state government on Monday mooted a proposal to set up more aerial ropeways to connect the vantage points and tourist towns across the state.
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday announced to set up a ropeway linking Interstate Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Tutikandi to Mall Lift and from Lift to near Rani Jhansi Park.
Presiding over a meeting of the infrastructure development board, he said the aerial ropeway would be set up on public- private partnership (PPP).
The total length of this ropeway would be 3 km and it would be supported on 18 pillars and the boarding stations would be constructed at Tutikandi and Lift with a parking facility of 500 vehicles each.
He said the carrying capacity of this ropeway would be around 1,500 to 2,000 persons each way.
The total project cost is estimated at Rs. 250 crore and the total travel time would be 10 minutes each way. The terminals at Tutikandi and Lift would have a restaurant, waiting hall and other amenities such as washrooms and drinking water.
The chief minister said the ropeway would be a safe and modern mode of transportation which besides saving travel time would help in reducing the pollution level of the city. He said it could be integrated with the existing public transportation system and could save the city of traffic jams. He said it would also boost tourism in Shimla as tourists could enjoy the ropeway right from Tutikandi to the Mall and further Jakhu Mandir as its terminals were close to the Jakhu ropeway near to Jodha Niwas.
Singh also gave its nod to construct another Himani Chamunda ropeway in Kangra district. He said this ropeway would help the pilgrims to visit famous holy place - Himani Chamunda -which is not connected with road.
He said this ropeway would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 200 crore and it would be of 6-km length with a carrying capacity of 1,000-1,200 persons each way. He said it would start from near Chamunda Temple and there would be a mid station and the upper station would be at the hill top Himani Chamunda Temple. He said the total one side travel time would be around 20 minutes.
The chief minister said the waiting hall and parking facilities for about 500 vehicles besides other amenities would be provided at the lower terminal, while restaurant, children's play area and cottages for staying facilities would be provided at the mid-terminal and an open-air restaurant would be constructed at the upper terminal apart from other amenities.
Material ropeway too in the offing
During the meeting, a presentation on "Material Ropeway Project" from Kotgarh, Baggi, Kotkhai, Theog, Gumma, Yashwant Nagar and Sinj till Parwanoo was also given by Usha Breco Limited appointed by HP Infrastructure Development Board for undertaking a feasibility study to transport the agriculture and horticulture produce from Shimla district to Parwanoo as a pilot project. The project would cost Rs. 250 to Rs. 300 crore, which would be developed under the private sector under the PPP mode.