Shimla, 28 September
In Himachal Pradesh with traffic congestion coming in the way of tourism promotion, the government has proposed to set up ropeways in three main tourist towns — Shimla, Manali and Dharamsala — as part of its Urban Mobility Plan. The cost of the projects has been pegged at Rs 2,800 crore.
The ball has been set rolling for the setting up of the ropeway in the state capital as experts from Czechoslovakia are engaged in the preparation of a technical report.
Shortly, a drone survey of the entire track will be undertaken in Shimal and its suburbs. The ropeway will connect all major junctions, including the Core Area, Waknaghat, Jathia Devi, Fagu and later it could be extended up to Theog and Chail.
The ropeway project will have 31 junctions and have a span of 30 kilometres, while crisscrossing across the town, which has all-the-year-round tourist arrival. Besides, the peak tourist season in summer and around Christmas and New Year, there is a major surge in tourist influx every weekend, leading to parking woes.