Cable Car to Makhdoom Sahib (RA) shrine successfully tested
To be commissioned next month
ARIF SHAFI WANI
Srinagar, Apr 13: The much awaited cable car to Makhdoom Sahib (RA) shrine on the foothills of Koh-e-Maran here was successfully tested on Saturday clearing decks for its commissioning next month.
Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 6.50 crore, the 550 metre ropeway has been built by Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation (JKCCC) through Kolkatta based Ropeway and Resorts Pvt Ltd.
“We have successfully undertaken the test run of the Cable Car. This has paved way for its commissioning next month,” project engineer JKCCC Badrun Jamali told Greater Kashmir.
Jamali said four cabins, two each side would run on the double way ropeway built plying on two towers.
“It has been designed to ferry 275 passengers per hour at a speed of three metres per second. We will add more facilities like lift for old and physically challenged persons to board the cable cars,” Jamali said.
Jamali, who has been associated with the Gulmarg Gondola since its construction, said all safety standards have been maintained in the ropeway to the shrine.
When the trial run of the ropeway started, it attracted a large number of people mostly locals. “Due to heavy tourist rush in Gulmarg, we always struggled to have a ride in Gondola there. With construction of the Cable Car here, we can enjoy the ride and easily reach the shrine,” said a group of locals who had assembled on the spot.
The project was approved by the State government in 2010 to provide easy access to devotees and tourists to the revered shrine on the hillock. Government had conducted a survey for the project through RITES Ltd a Government of India Enterprise considered to be an authority in a multi-disciplinary consultancy organization in the fields of transport, infrastructure and related technologies.
Government has also envisaged revival of the historic city of Naagar Nagar, built by Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar in 1589, by facilitating cable car through the historic monuments in Shaher-e-Khaas including Hari Parbat Fort and its walled enclosure called Kalai, Kathi Darwaza, Sangeen Darwaza and Badamwari.
Managing Director JKCCC, Talat Parvez, said the Cable Car to Makhdoom Sahib (RA) shrine, will serve as a facility for devotes and one of major attractions for tourists.
“We are committed to bring Shaher-e-Khaas on our tourism map and develop attractive facilities there and this Cable Car is part of this endeavour,” Talat who is also Director Tourism Kashmir told Greater Kashmir.
He said there would be nominal rates of Rs 50 and Rs 100 for each ticket for locals and tourists respectively. Talat said, to market cultural arts and handicrafts of Shaher-e-Khaas, a Heritage Interpretation Centre is being constructed close to the Cable Car site.
“We also plan to organize heritage walks of historical sites and shrines in Shaher-e-Khaas,” Talat said.
Pertinently, the Gulmarg Gondola which is the world’s second highest, has been main attraction for tourists and professional skiers world over. It was set up by the internationally acclaimed French cable car company, Pomoglaski in collaboration with state government.
The Gulmarg Gondola cable car project has earned a record Rs 29.5 crore as revenue last fiscal from 5.4 lakh visitors.
Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
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