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Admin to expedite investigation into ropeway's poor quality report
Will probe into old city rope way put former minister on radar?
7/5/2019 12:24:46 AM
Early Times Report
Jammu, July 4: The Governor administration which is busy shunning its image of being tolerant towards graft practices in the state is all set to order probe into infamous old city rope way project in which a former minster could also come on the radar.
As per the reports coming to fore, the administration may order probe into the rope way project which was built by NC led government in Srinagar's old city. The project soon after being inaugurated had to be grounded as it failed the repeated quality checks by the experts. Also, it revenues since then have been witnessing a sharp decline due to the first impression created about its strengthen and durability.
As per the reports, the common masses are least interested in using the much hyped rope way to reach to the revered shrine of Maqdoom Sahib located on a hillock-overlooking the old city of Srinagar.
Due to continuous poor response from the people, the revenues for the Cable Car Corporation continue to witness decline and the project that incurred the cost of crores of rupees has so far been able to pay back mere 10 lakh rupees that too within the long span of seven years.
Sources within the Corporation said that this year, the revenues out of the project weren't more than 5 lakh rupees while as last year the amount remained that much stagnant only.
Furthermore, the icing on the cake is that the project was halted for years due to the technical flaws in it and the case is under investigation at the Vigilance department.
Sources within the government revealed that a probe was ordered over the reasons behind the usage of such an unsafe material in the rope way project.
The ropeway which was inaugurated in December 2013 is located on the foothills of Hari Parbat in old city of Srinagar up to Sufi shrine of Makhdoom Sahib (RA).
The ropeway was closed following the complaints that the material used in its construction was not of the acceptable quality and that same could endanger lives of people. The government last year ordered its immediate closure on May 17, 2015.
The project was approved by the state government in 2010 to provide easy access to devotees to the shrine.
The government had also conducted a survey for the project through RITES, a Government of India subsidiary considered to be an authority in multi-disciplinary consultancy organisation in the fields of transport, infrastructure and related technologies.
The horizontal length of the ropeway is 541 metres with four cabins in each cluster with a capacity and design of 225 at maximum speed of 4m/sec.
Meanwhile, there are speculations that NC leader who was the minister when the ropeway was inaugurated could be asked about the possible reasons of its poor quality and why sufficient measures at the first place where not taken that could have saved it from turning into a liability for the government.
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