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After 24-years wait visitors enjoy ride of Jammu Ropeway
JammuExpress. Dated: 10/16/2020 10:06:00 AM


After 24-years wait visitors enjoy ride of Jammu Ropeway

Jammu, October 4:

Despite covid-19 pandemic, the much awaited Jammu Ropeway which started operation from October 3 has started to attract visitors.

On Saturday first phase of Jammu Ropeway Project (JRP) commenced its commercial operation.

The ropeway will link three ancient temples — Bawe Wali Mata, Mahamaya and Peer kho when it is completed and was expected to give a boost to religious tourism as the three places were famous among devotees, particularly those visiting Jammu.

State Cabinet had given go ahead to project in 1996 when Farooq Abdullah was Chief Minister of J&K to boost tourism sector in summer capital of J&K, a transit point for lakhs of Vaishnodevi bound pilgrims.

Due to non serious approach of successive governments, it didn’t get necessary clearances from various departments. Row between erstwhile state’s Environment Impact Assessment Authority (EIAA) and J&K Cable Car Corporation had threatened the ambitious future of Mubarak Mandi-Bahu fort ropeway project, as despite directions by the government to start the work, EIAA had not given its clearance to the project.

EIAA which was established in 2006 when PDP-Congress government led by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was ruling Jammu and Kashmir to clear the environmentally fragile projects. Authority had not given it consent to ropeway citing that it will damage the environment around the area and will threaten the wildlife.

Finally foundation stone was laid in 2014 when Omar Abdullah was Chief Minister. Construction started in 2015 under PDP-BJP alliance government.

However the death of two labourers during mock drill in February 2019 had casts shadow on the future of ambitious project and also the design and raised questions over the safety parameters.

After the abrogation of Article 370, and bifurcation of erstwhile J&K state G.C Murmu who was appointed as Lt.Governor of J&K had accorded high priority to the project. He had directed officials to make project operational and clear the technical glitches.

The 1.66-km-long cable car project from Peer Kho to Mahamaya has seven towers which have been laid on Tawi river bed. There is other section from Bahu to Mahamaya Park.

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