Yamunotri Ropeway To Cut Travel Time From 5 Hours To Just 10 Minutes
Finally Yamunotri Ropeway got the clearance which was delayed for over 10 years. The 3.7 km long ropeway will connect the Yamunotri shrine to Kharsali village.
The plan for a ropeway to the Yamunotri shrine has finally received approval from the ministry of environment and forestry after more than a decade of delays (MoEF).
Construction on the 3.7km-long (aerial distance) ropeway that will interconnect the Yamunotri shrine to Kharsali village will “start shortly in earnest” once 3.8 hectares of land are transferred for the ambitious project. The ropeway is expected to cut travel time in half, from 5 hours to only 10 minutes.
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“Construction on a ropeway began back in 2006. In fact, the project also required the people of Kharsali hamlet to give over about 1.5 hectares to the tourism agency.
But for more than 16 years, the initiative was locked in official records “explained social activist Surat Rawat.
As a result, to get to the shrine, pilgrims and priests must make the difficult 5 kilometer journey commencing at Jankichatti.
There have been deaths throughout the walk, and elderly people and others who are not acclimated to high-altitude circumstances are at risk for developing health problems along the way.
In addition to increasing tourism and speeding up traffic, the ropeway will also save lives and encourage tourism.
According to official records, the Yamunotri shrine pilgrimage last year’s Char Dham yatra saw up to 81 deaths among the pilgrims.
Yamunotri temple priest Pawan Uniyal remarked, “Our long-awaited request has finally been met. The initiative will increase jobs in the area based on tourism.
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With MoEF’s approval, building is anticipated to begin this summer and be finished in two years, according to district tourism officer Rahul Chaubey.