India is gearing up to have its biggest and one of the largest passenger ropeway projects in Asia. It has been constructed on the tallest mountain of Gujarat, Mount Girnar. Developed by Ghaziabad-based Usha Breco (UBL) on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) mode, the ₹130-crore project is likely to give a huge boost to tourism sector in Saurashtra region. The project having a height of 900 meter is situated near Junagadh town. The Gujarat government has given the project to UBL for a lease of 99 years. This is because the complete expenditure is being borne by UBL. For eco-tourism as well as pilgrimage, it is an important destination. About 1,500 pilgrims and tourists visit Girnar and adjacent places every day.
Modi to virtually inaugurate the project
The State Government is expecting a minimum of ten times rise in the footfalls in the next couple of years. This is because Junagadh falls in Sasan Gir, Diu and Somnath tourism circuit. Also, Sasan is the only habitat in the world for the Asiatic lions. On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate the project. The project being 2,230-metre-long has become the world’s longest temple ropeway and India’s biggest passenger ropeway project. In September 2018, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for the Girnar project. The ambitious ropeway project is now ready for passenger transport from the bottom of Mount Girnar up to Ambaji temple located on the top of the mountain.
To reach the peak of the mountain, visitors are required to climb 10,000 steps. Every hour 25 glass floored trolleys would transport 800 passengers. From the foot of Mount Girnar up to Ambaji temple, it would take about 8 minutes. The ropeway would run from sunrise to sunset.
Courtesy: Financial Express