SC clearance for Patnitop ropeway expected soon
The Supreme Court is likely to give clearance for the ropeway from Kud to Patnitop soon. The project, which has been stalled for the last six years, has been planned to boost tourism in the areas, which are expected to see a surge in tourist inflow after the completion of the four-laning of the Jammu-Srinagar highway skirting the two towns.india Updated: Nov 18, 2013 18:32 IST
The Supreme Court is likely to give clearance for the ropeway from Kud to Patnitop soon. The project, which has been stalled for the last six years, has been planned to boost tourism in the areas, which are expected to see a surge in tourist inflow after the completion of the four-laning of the Jammu-Srinagar highway skirting the two towns.
This information was given in the 17th meeting of the Patnitop Development Authority (PDA), chaired by chief minister Omar Abdullah, who is also the chairman of the body.
The first-of-its-kind project in the state involves the construction and operation of a passenger aerial ropeway and associated facilities at Kud-Sangote-Karla villages (Patnitop) in Udhampur district. The 2.6-km aerial ropeway with 23 trolleys will pass through the Dudu forest range.
As the National Wildlife Board has given clearance to the construction of the aerial ropeway, the Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court now has to give the nod for the project to go ahead.
During the meeting, the CM asked the forest and environment department to coordinate with the tourism development authorities to ensure maintenance of the natural serenity of health resorts, and conservation and preservation of water bodies and forest wealth.
The CM, while receiving a brief on various schemes being executed by the PDA, approved the re-alignment of the Mall Road at Kud to avoid shifting of a 13,211KV transmission line.
PDA chief executive officer Raman Kumar Kaiser said a tourist information centre had been made operational at Patnitop at a cost of Rs 25 lakh, and parking areas have been constructed on circular roads at a cost of Rs 45 lakh.
The meeting was attended by tourism minister Ghulam Ahmad Mir, legislators Krishan Chander and Ashok Kumar, planning and development principal secretary BR Sharma and tourism principal secretary Atal Duloo, besides various administrative secretaries and senior officers.
Formulate proposal for tourism job regularisation
Chief minister Omar Abdullah has directed the tourism department to formulate a comprehensive proposal for the regularisation of ad hoc employees working in various tourism development authorities (TDAs), completing more than seven years of service, so that an early decision can be taken in this regard.