The J&K Cable Car Corporation Limited on Friday successfully conducted a trial run of the ropeway from Bahu Fort to Mahamaya Park in Jammu. The ropeway, which is the second such project in the state, will be inaugurated soon.The first cable car project of the state was commissioned in 1988 at Gulmarg in Kashmir. It took the state 30 years to construct another such project.Planned in 1995, the Rs 75-crore project was to be operated from Bahu Fort to Mubarak Mandi Complex initially. The project was modified and relocated when Mubarak Mandi and Bahu Fort were declared protected monuments.The cable car corporation on Friday evening successfully conducted the trial run of the first phase of the project. It said both phases of the ropeway project would be started in July this year.“The trial of the first phase was successfully completed on Friday. We are working on it with a commitment to give the best and safest ropeway to Jammu in a time-bound manner,” said Shamim Ahmed Wani, Managing Director, J&K Cable Car Corporation Limited (JKCCCL).“It will be a major tourist attraction in Jammu. We have taken care of all facilities and the safety of the tourists. A world-class restaurant is also under construction at Bahu Fort. Its tender will be given to a reputed hotel,” Wani said.To give the best services to the tourists, the JKCCCL has procured critical components of the cable car from Turkey, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.The 1.57-km-long cable car project has two phases, first from Bahu Fort to Mahamaya Park, which is 447 metre long, and the second from Mahamaya to Peerkho over the Tawi with a total length of 1,118 metre.Minister of State for Tourism Priya Sethi, who was also present at the trial run of the ropeway, appreciated the work of the JKCCCL. “The project will give a boost to the tourism industry of the Jammu region and people will spend more time in Jammu during their visit to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, Amarnath shrine, Patnitop and other tourist destinations in Jammu province,” said Sethi.“The PDP-BJP government is committed to giving the feel of good governance to each and every person of society. Other tourism projects will also be completed soon,” she said.The cable car project is aimed at connecting heritage sites in the city.
To connect heritage sites
- The 1.57-km-long cable car project has two phases, first from Bahu Fort to Mahamaya Park, which is 447 metre long, and the second from Mahamaya to Peerkho over the Tawi with a total length of 1,118 metre
- The ropeway, which is the second such project in the state, is aimed at connecting heritage sites in Jammu city