Dharamsala, January 19
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated and laid foundation stones of 17 development projects worth Rs 283.19 crore at Dharamsala in Kangra district on Wednesday.
The projects include inauguration of Dharamsala Skyway (Dharamsala ropeway) constructed at a cost of Rs 207 crores.
The Dharamsala Ropeway would connect Dharamsala with McLeodganj. It has the hourly capacity of carrying 1,000 persons and would reach Dharamsala to McLeodganj in five minutes. The length of the ropeway is 1.8 km. The ropeway has 10 towers and 2 stations at Dharamsala and McLeodganj.
The technology used in ropeways was mono cable detachable gandolas and it has been supplied by Leitner SPA, an Italian company.
One way tariff for travelling in ropeway from Dharamsala to McLeodganj is Rs 300 per person and two way tariff is Rs 500 per person.
Besides the ropeway, the chief minister inaugurated, among other projects, Dhauladhar Convention Centre, parking lot at DC office, Dharamsala, Dhauladhar Garden, Art and Craft Centre, Rajiyana, improvement work of Brajeshwari Temple Complex and parking lot at Jwalamukhi constructed under ADB project.
The chief minister also inaugurated village Haat, Kangra, Type-IV quarters of Regional Forensic Laboratory (RFSL), biscuit plant of Milkfed at Dhagwar and DNA and cyber complex blocks of the RFSL, advanced instrument Lab, RFSL and Regional Lab H.P. State Pollution Control Board, Dharamshala.
Later, while addressing the people on the occasion, the chief minister said the Dharamsala-McLeodganj Ropeway would go a long way in giving boost to tourism development in the town.
He said that despite pandemic, the ropeway was completed within the stipulated time. This project would prove a milestone for providing alternative mode of transport to the tourists as well as general commuters.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government was committed to develop lesser known places from tourism point of view under the ‘Nai Raahein Nai Manzilein’ scheme.
Chanshal in Shimla district was being developed as skiing and winter sports destination, Janjehli in Mandi district as eco-tourism destination, Bir Billing in Kangra district as adventure sports destination and Pong Dam as water sports destination. He said that all these projects on completion would attract tourists from all over the world.
The project having hourly carrying capacity of 1,000 persons has been constructed at a cost of Rs 207 crore.
It will take five minutes to reach McLeodganj from Dharamsala, covering 1.8 km.
The ropeway has 10 towers and 2 stations at Dharamsala and McLeodganj.
The technology used in ropeways has been supplied by Leitner SPA, Italy.
One way tariff for travelling from Dharamsala to McLeodganj is Rs 300 per person while two way tariff is Rs 500 per person.