Makhdoom Sahab Ropeway to finally come up next month

IMG_20130702_105437The Makhdhoom Sahab ropeway which developed a last moment glitch – when it was intended to be inaugurated – will finally be off the ground in the month of August.

According to concerned project engineer, Noor-ul-Hassan such problems do arise during trail runs and we have rectified it and it is all set to go.

He said they are waiting for RITES Ltd, a Government of India Enterprise, which is a 3rd party consultant of this project, to inspect the system before launching.

“It will take a week or 10 days to check the whole system and by the month of August it will be functional,” he says.

Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 6.50 crore, this ropeway has been built by Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation (JKCCC) through Kolkata based Ropeway and Resorts Pvt Ltd.

The cable car connects to the famous Sufi Shrine of Makhdhoom Sahab, which is on the foothills of Koh-e-Maran, to make the passage to the shrine easy. One more purpose of it according to the officials is to boost the cultural heritage of the old town of Kashmir.

“This network will alleviate the importance of historic monuments in Shaher-e-Khaas including Hari Parbat Fort, Kathi Darwaza, Sangeen Darwaza and Badamwari,” said its project manager.

Government is also intending to construct a Heritage Interpretation Centre near the Cable Car site.

This cable care is four cabined, two each side would run on the double way ropeway built plying on two towers. The doors operate manually and will take approximately 3.2 minutes to reach upper station from base station. It can ferry 275 passengers per hour at a speed of three metres per second. The length of the ropeway is 541 meters and is of mono-cable jig back type.

The price of tickets will be Rs 50 and Rs 100 for each ticket for locals and tourists respectively.

The project was approved by the State government in 2010 to provide easy access to devotees and tourists to the shrine on the hillock.

According to Noor-ul-Hassan more ropeways are to come up in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

“We are coming with three cable cars projects, of which one is at Verinag, Kashmir and two at Jammu,” he says.