Wait for Shimla passenger ropeway project gets longer

Wait for Shimla passenger ropeway project gets longer

2022-01-22 01:31:11

Tribune News Service

Subhash Rajta

Shimla, January 21

Shimla residents will have to wait a little longer for a passenger ropeway system to travel across the city. The Ropeway and Rapid Transport System Development Corporation (RRTSDC) has cancelled the tender for its ambitious Rs 1,200 crore passenger ropeway project after waiting for a promoter for almost two years. Having failed to find any taker for the project through Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, the RRTSDC has opted for bi-lateral funding mode to make the much-needed project a reality.

“We had a couple of international companies interested in the project. But despite showing interest, nothing concrete was happening. So after extending the deadline for submitting the bid 18 times and still getting no response, we decided to call it off,” said a RRTSDC official.

The RRTSDC had floated the Request for Proposal in May, 2020, inviting companies to design, construct, operate and maintain a passenger ropeway system to provide an alternative transport system for the city struggling with ever increasing traffic on its narrow roads.

The project envisaged laying 22.1-km ropeway across the city with 26 stations from where the people could board and disembark in its first phase. In the next two phases, the plan was to connect places like Kufri, Mashobra and Chail with the ropeway system.

“The plan remains more or less the same. The additional thing is, we have proposed a ropeway for Dharamsala too, along with Shimla,” the official said. The fresh proposal will now go to Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, through the state government.

Much time has been lost in getting the project, which has the potential to change the way people will travel in the city, off the ground. “Covid has been the major spoilsport. Those interested could not travel to India because of the Covid-induced restrictions,” the official said.

Meanwhile, it’s not the first ropeway project of the city that has got stuck. A ropeway from Tutikandi to Mall Road for which the foundation stone was laid in 2015 is defunct now. Besides decongesting the city road and giving a boost to tourism in the city, the ropeway would have earned Rs 10 crore for the Municipal Corporation.

What the project envisaged

The project envisaged laying 22.1 km long ropeway across the city, with 26 stations from where the people could board and disembark, in its first phase. In the next two phases, the plan was to connect places like Kufri, Mashobra and Chail with the ropeway system.


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Source by [himachalpradeshtourism.org]

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