Ropeway to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine | Trek to take 6 mins instead of 6 hours

File photo of Vaishno Devi shrine
File photo of Vaishno Devi shrineANI

New Delhi, Feb 17: To ease the travel for Mata Vaishno Devi shrine yatris, who need to trek 12 km, the Central government has started a ropeway project in Jammu and Kashmir.

Bids opened on Wednesday for the Rs 250 crore, 2.4-km ropeway project consisting of a gondola cable car system.

The shrine is located in the Trikuta Hills, at an altitude of 5200 feet.

Officials said that after completion, the ropeway - starting at Tarakote and finishing at Sanjichat, close to the temple - would decrease the journey to just six minutes for yatris from the current 5 to 6 hours of trekking.

The government expects the project to be completed within 3 years.

The shrine already has a ropeway from the temple in Trikuta Hills to the Bhairon Temple on another hilltop, which was inaugurated two years ago.

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