Four months after an accident claimed lives of two labourers during the trial run of the Jammu Cable Car Project, the J&K State Cable Car Corporation would be conducting another trial on Mohmaya-Peer Kho stretch of the project after April 28.
Earlier in January, one stretch of the project-Bahu Fort-Mohmaya was to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but after crash of a rescue trolley during the trial run, the inauguration was cancelled.
“Since the work on the Bahu Fort-Mohmaya stretch was put on hold in view of an inquiry ordered by the state government, we continued the work on the stretch and it is almost in the final stage. The trial run would be conducted anytime after April 28,” MD Cable Car Corporation, Shamim Ahmed Wani told Greater Kashmir,
He said another trial on 1.66-km-long cable car project will be conducted in May.
According to the Wani, for six months after the successful trial, the project will be handled by the executing agency through a sub-contractor company and then it will be finally handed over to the JKCCC.
The cable car project is being constructed at the estimated cost of Rs 75 crore. In first phase, the ropeway will extend from Bahu Fort to Mahamaya Park and in second it will connect Mahamaya with Peer Kho over river Tawi. The length of the cable car is 1,118 metre.
The ropeway from Bahu Fort to Mahamaya has eight cabins and that from Mahamaya to Peer Kho has 14 cabins.
Planned in 1995, the project was to be operated from Bahu Fort to Mubarak Mandi Complex initially. It was modified and relocated when Mubarak Mandi and Bahu Fort were declared protected monuments. The project aims to divert the pilgrims and tourists visiting the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and tourist destinations to Jammu district.