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 today. The projects include the inauguration of Dharamsala Skyway (Dharamsala ropeway) constructed at a cost of Rs 207 crore.
The ropeway will connect Dharamsala with McLeodganj. It has the hourly capacity of carrying 1,000 persons and will reach McLeodganj from Dharamsala 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 the ropeways is mono cable detachable gandolas and it has been supplied by Leitner SPA, an Italian company. The one- way tariff for travelling in the ropeway from Dharamsala to McLeodganj is Rs 300 per person while the two-way tariff is Rs 500 per person.
Besides the ropeway, the Chief Minister inaugurated, the Dhauladhar Convention Centre, a parking lot at the Deputy Commissionr’s office at Dharamsala, Dhauladhar Garden, Art and Craft Centre, Rajiyana, improvement work of the Brajeshwari Temple Complex and a parking lot at Jwalamukhi constructed under the ADB project.
Thakur also inaugurated a village Haat, 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 of the HP State Pollution Control Board, Dharamsala.
The Chief Minister said that the ropeway would go a long way in giving a boost to tourism development in the town. He added that despite the pandemic, the ropeway was completed within the stipulated time. It would prove to be a milestone for providing an alternative mode of transport to tourists as well as general commuters.
Thakur said that the state government was committed to developing lesser known places from tourism point of view under the Nai Raahein Nai Manzilein scheme. Chanshal in Shimla district was being developed as a skiing and winter sports destination, Janjehli in Mandi district as eco-tourism destination, Bir Billing in Kangra district as adventure sports centre and the Pong Dam as a water sports hotspot. He added that all these projects would attract tourists from all over the world.
Kangra MP Kishan Kapoor said that BJP was synonymous with development as whenever the party came to power, the state had witnessed unprecedented development in all spheres.
Built at a cost of Rs207 crore
- The ropeway having an hourly carrying capacity of 1,000 persons has been built at a cost of Rs207 crore.
- One-way tariff for Dharamsala to McLeodganj travel is Rs300 per person while two-way tariff is Rs500 per person.
- It will take five minutes to reach McLeodganj from Dharamsala, covering 1.8 km.
- The ropeway has 10 towers and two stations at Dharamsala and McLeodganj.
- Leitner SPA, Italy, has supplied technology for ropeway.