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Work on Dharamsala-McLeodganj ropeway to take off soon

Work on the much awaited Dharamsala-McLeodganj ropeway is likely to take-off soon, as the Himachal Pradesh government has issued letter of award (LoA) to the Mumbai-based Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited (TRIL) -a subsidiary of Tata Sons operating in urban transport sector.

punjab Updated: Jun 13, 2015 20:42 IST
Naresh K Thakur

Work on the much awaited Dharamsala-McLeodganj ropeway is likely to take-off soon, as the Himachal Pradesh government has issued letter of award (LoA) to the Mumbai-based Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited (TRIL) -a subsidiary of Tata Sons operating in urban transport sector.

`120-crore project, which was cleared by the state government on February 13, has a single favoured bidder TRIL.

The LoA was issued by Himachal Pradesh Infrastructure Development Board (HPIDB) on June 8, following a negotiation over the enhancement of annual concession fee.

Initially, TRIL had offered annual concession fee of `75 lakh for the project when it had met some cabinet ministers, forcing the government to set-up a high-level committee for re-negotiations with the entrepreneur.

After objections were raised, chief minister Virbhadra Singh had formed a high-level committee to renegotiate the annual fee. The committee, headed by director of tourism and civil aviation department Mohan Chauhan had later submitted that investor agreed to pay `1 crore as annual concession fee.

Meanwhile, talking to Hindustan Times, Dharamsala MLA and urban development minister Sudhir Sharma said that the LoA had been issued to the entrepreneur and the work on the project would likely begin in month of July.

"The work on 2.1 km ropeway project will be completed in two years," Sharma said, adding that the concession would be payable to department of tourism and civil aviation, which is the concession authority, after two and half years of commissioning of the project, till the end of concession period.

He added that the concession fee shall increase at the rate of 5% over the previous year's fee.

"The ropeway will help in decongesting McLeodganj town, which receives around 2.5 lakh domestic and foreign tourists annually."

"The state government is also planning to develop a parking near Dharamsala from where tourists will be ferried to McLeodganj through aerial route," the minister added.