Dharamsala-McLeodganj passenger ropeway project ofINR Rs 144.9 crore has received environment clearance, senior government officials here disclosed. View more at #YesPahari.
“Based on the information submitted by the project proponent, the Union Environment Ministry has given environment clearance to the Dharamsala-McLeodganj ropeway project subject to the compliance of specific and general conditions,” the official said.
The foundation stone for construction of this project was laid in January 2016 and is expected to provide a permanent solution to the traffic problems of McLeodganj during the peak tourist season.
Dharmshala to McLeodganj Ropeway Project
The ropeway project will include construction of around 2 km ropeway having 18-24 gondolas from Dharamshala to McLeodganj. The project envisages construction of buildings at two ends — lower terminal point and upper terminal point — of ropeway systems for boarding and deboarding of passengers and other infrastructure such as ticket counters, waiting area, toilet facilities and medical emergency room.
Dharmshala Ropeway Ltd, which will implement the project, has been asked to obtain ‘consent to establish’ from the State Pollution Control Board. It has also been told to construct adequate parking at lower terminal and provide dedicated trolleys for carrying baggage. The land requirement for the proposed project is about 2.24 hectare, out of which forest land involved is 1.69 hectare.
“The state government is also planning to develop a parking near Kotwali Bazar in Dharamsala city from where tourists will be carried to McLeodganj through the ropeway,” the minister added.
Shimla Ropeway Project
The 2.4 km projec of Shimla Roepway will start from near the Tourist Information Centre near the bypass and connect with Firhill Hotel and then to the inter-state bus terminus (ISBT) and then with the Lift on the Cart Road and finally near the Rani Jhansi Park.
Usha Breco, which has been awarded the contract for the 4.1-km Himani-Chamunda ropeway near Dharamsala in Kangra and Tutikandi-Mall ropeway in Shimla, has even formed the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) and deposited Rs one crore as the security. “The company is keen that the two ropeways which will give a major fillip to tourism are completed at the earliest,” a tourism official said.
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