Dharamsala, January 22
Local MLA Vishal Nehria, while addressing mediapersons here today, said that he had requested Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to extend the Shimla highway widening project up to Dharamsala. The highway from Matour to Dharamsala had been the proposed to have two lanes, he added.
Improving connectivity of Dharamsala with other parts is the main aim of the government. The Dharamsala ropeway, which was inaugurated recently, is a step in this direction. Vishal Nehria, Dharamsala MLAl
Parveen Upathdaya, in-charge of Dharamsala Ropeways, said that the project was started in January 2018 in the difficult terrain of Dharamsala city as well as the reserved forest area connecting Dharamsala and McLeodganj. Geotechnical investigations were carried out under Prof DN Singh of the IIT-Mumbai and M/S Tata Projects Limited executed the civil structure work. The equipment were imported from Italy. A specialist team from Italy commissioned the ropeway in November and December. Trail runs were done for three weeks, as per the European norms, he added.
Parveen said that the project received active support from the local administration for a quick opening. “The base station of the ropeway terminal at Dharamsala is situated close to the bus stand and it has improved connectivity to McLeodganj substantially. Both terminals are equipped with modern facilities of elevators, visually-appealing signage, touch-free urinals, taps and soap dispensers,” he added.
The ropeway was opened for public immediately after its inauguration on January 19.