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‘Doon-Mussoorie Ropeway To Be Among World’s 5 Longest Ropeway Projects’

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for the much-awaited Dehradun-Mussoorie ropeway project, which once completed will reduce travel time between the state capital and the Queen of Hills to around 10-12 minutes.

The Rs 300-crore project which will connect Purkal village in Dehradun to Library Chowk in Mussoorie is expected to be completed within a three-year time span. Speaking on the occasion, Rawat said that the Doon-Mussoorie ropeway would be among the five longest ropeway projects of the world. “The ropeway would be made on a public private partnership (PPP) mode.

A French company would provide technical assistance in the project,” the CM said. He added that the ropeway project “will definitely boost the tourism of Mussoorie.” “Around 1000-1200 people can be transported at one time using the ropeway. We will ensure that there is also a proper transportation system in place to bring tourists from ISBT, railway station and airport to the ropeway,” the CM said. Rawat added that parking was a major problem at Mussoorie and two parking slots — near Jaypee Hotel and PWD office — have been identified to solve the issue.

He further said that in order to ease the traffic woes in Mussoorie, construction of roads at Hathipaon, Rajawala Doga, Chamasari and Byara-Dhanaulti is being undertaken. “A provision of Rs 200 crore has been made to end the drinking water problem at Mussoorie,” the CM said. He also inaugurated the building of a community health centre at Mussoorie which has been built at a cost of Rs 5.50 crore.State tourism minister Satpal Maharaj said that efforts were on to connect more places in the state with ropeways.

“These projects will save time and without acquiring much land, people can easily travel from one location to other,” said the minister. Meanwhile, local residents in Mussoorie hailed the move. “This is a welcome step which would provide impetus to tourism in the town,” said Sandeep Sahni, president of Uttarakhand Hotel & Restaurant Association.

He however suggested that the Picture Palace area of Mussoorie, which attracts significant number of tourists, should also be connected with the ropeway.Anuj Gupta, chairman of Mussoorie Municipal Council. added, “The ropeway once completed is expected to reduce traffic influx to Mussoorie. However, there are a lot of challenges still as a number of NOCs are still required. I hope this process is completed in a timely manner.”

Source : The Times Of India

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