Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday inaugurated a high-tech ropeway project at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. Now, the pilgrims, especially the elderly, visiting the Holy Cave Shrine will be able to pay obeisance at Bhairon ji Temple, which otherwise required a steep climb to an altitude of 6600 ft, without any difficulty.
Malik, who is also the chairman of the shrine board, e-inaugurated the multi-crore Bhawan-Bhairon passenger ropeway yesterday. “The Governor advised the Shrine Board to take all possible steps to make the ropeway service hassle-free. He particularly emphasised the rescue and relief part of the ropeway which, according to the Governor, should be of international standards,” said the statement.
The statement added that the project cost around Rs 85 crore and has a carrying capacity of 800 persons per hour. “The Ropeway will also reduce the travel time of the one-way journey between Bhawan and Bhairon Temple from one hour to just about three minutes.”
“The Board has decided to charge a highly subsidised to and fro ticket of Rs 100 per passenger to enable the maximum number of pilgrims to avail of this facility,” added the statement.
“The Bhawan-Bhairon Passenger Ropeway Project has been executed by a consortium of M/s Garaventa AG, Switzerland and M/s Damodar Ropeways Construction Co. (P) Ltd, Kolkata, under the consultancy and overall supervision of M/s RITES Ltd. The electromechanical components and cabins of the ropeway have been imported from Switzerland. The Passenger Ropeway System has been fully equipped with all safety norms as per relevant standards and code,” the statement said.
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