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Temple darshan in Jammu via ropeway, IIT nod for phase 2
11/30/2020 11:35:03 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Nov 30: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has given the sanction to the protection design for towers for the second section of the 1.5 km ropeway in Jammu that will bring three shrines including Bahu Fort Temple, Mahamaya temple and Peerkho Shiv temple on its axis.
The design submitted by Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) was sent to IIT Delhi for approval. The project is an initiative by Jammu & Kashmir with the guidance from RITES. The first commercial run for the 484-m long ropeway, part of the first section that connects Bahu Fort To Mahamaya took place in October this year even though COVID had delayed the scheduled launch by four months, 30 years after a similar project was commissioned in Gulmarg in the neighbouring Kashmir.
“Its a big feat for all of us. Despite Covid, we have witnessed a good response. Till November last week, more than 4000 people have enjoyed the ride,” Majid Drabu, managing director, J&K cable car corporation (JKCC) said.
The ticket has for the first section been fixed at Rs 300 for a round trip.
“But as a good will gesture, an inaugural offer of Rs 100 per trip continues for the time being” said Drabu.
The second section, which runs into 1.1 km, will connect Peerkhoo to Mahamaya in Jammu.
“IIT Delhi professors visited the site. The JKCCC is likely to start now start the tower protection works soon” said an official in Jammu.
There are two towers in Bahu—Mahamaya section and seven in Mahamaya-Peerkhoo section.
“We are glad we can offer best of scenic vistas to backpackers as well as religious travellers. The ropeway is strategically located within close vicinity of three very sacred and historical temples of Jammu and the ropeway provides connectivity with all the three temples at the Bahu Fort, Mahamaya and Peerkho Besides one can also have a view of the historic Har-ki-Poudi temple while enjoying the Gondola ride from Bahu to Mahamaya” said Drabu.
The second section has been allowed to to operate with 14 cabins due to larger length of the ropeway as compared to six in the Bahu-Mahamaya section that was launched last month.
The second section that will connect Peerkho to Mahmaya was not put to commercial operations keeping in view the objection of technical inspection committee of the state government which had desired extra protection of towers erected on the bed of river Tawi.
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