Dehradun, March 7: One hour zigzag driving in the hilly areas of Uttarakhand will be cut down to 12 down as Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has laid the foundation stone for the Dehradun-Mussoorie ropeway project which is considered to be a tourist novelty.
The Chief Minister said in Dehradun on Wednesday that the 300-crore rupees ropeway project is expected to be completed in three years. CM Rawat said, it will be one of the world's longest ropeways, and will shorten the one-hour zigzag drive to just 15 minutes from Purkul village the base camp at Dehradun to Mussoorie.
Poma, a French company which manufactures cable-driven projects, will provide the technical support to the ropeway which will be built on the PPP mode.
The ropeway will shorten the one-hour zigzag drive to just 15 minutes from Purkul village the base camp at Dehradun to Mussoorie, CM Rawat said.
Conceptualized in 2007-08, the Dehradun-Mussoorie ropeway, a dream project of the state tourism department, was caught in the red-tape and forest clearances. Despite being accorded the status of large revenue generating project (LRG), the department had failed to get all the forest clearances at Purkul and other areas in Mussoorie.
The government had wanted to commence work on the Mussoorie ropeway project only after getting the Centre's nod on the LRG. Under the scheme, Uttarakhand has sought Rs 50 crore from the Centre as viability gap funding for the project which will be a big attraction in the bidding process.