Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the Rs 140-crore aerial ropeway project that will link this town with McLeodganj, the abode of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
The 1,638-metre ropeway will have 24 gondola lifts and capacity of 1,000 people per hour. The executing agency has fixed a deadline of two years to complete the project.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said the ropeway after completion would reduce the travel time from Dharamshala to McLeodganj to just 10 minutes as compared to 40 minutes by road.
“It would be a noise free, electrically driven, eco-friendly and non-polluting project and would help in reduction of 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission,” Singh affirmed, adding that the project would be executed by Dharamshala Ropeway Limited, a joint venture of TRIL Urban Transport Private Limited and Power Himalayas Limited.
The CM claimed that the state government was promoting alternative transportation facilities, such as ropeways, to decongest the tourist towns. “Dharamshala ropeway will also give a boost to tourism in the twin hill towns,” he said, continuing that possibilities would be explored to set up such ropeways in other prominent places to give impetus to tourism in Kangra.
No objection Indo- Pak match at Dharamshala
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the foundation stone-laying ceremony of Dharamshala-McLeodganj ropeway, chief minister Virbhadra Singh said the state government had no objection to the India-Pakistan T20 World Cup match in Dharamshala on March 19.
Replying to a query on the alleged cow slaughter in Chamba district, Virbhadra said it was an isolated incident and the accused had been arrested.
“Some Hindu organisations are trying to make a mountain out of a mole,” he said, adding that no one would be allowed to vitiate the peaceful environment of Himachal Pradesh.