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Uttarakhand govt signs contract for a ropeway project between Janki Chatti to Yamunotri Dham

Once complete will provide much needed relief to devotees and tourist to reach ‘Yamunottri Dham’ at ease

Uttarakhand state government signs a contract for a ropeway project to be built from ‘Janki Chatti’ (Kharsali) to ‘Yamunotri Dham’. The aim of the project is to provide much needed relief to devotees and tourist to reach ‘Yamunottri Dham’ at ease. The contract for building the ropeway was signed by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board with two private construction companies in the presence of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

According to the release, the 3.38 km long ropeway will be of mono-cable detachable type. It will be constructed according to European standards on the lines of installations in France and Switzerland. The passenger carrying capacity of this ropeway will around 500 tourists on an hourly basis. The passenger carrying capacity of a single coach of the ropeway will be eight passengers. This project will be executed by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board on Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode.

Speaking on the occasion of signing the contract, Dhami said, “With the completion of this much-awaited project, Yamunotri Dham, one of the world-famous ‘Char Dham’, will be directly connected to its winter destination Kharsali. Devotees and tourist will get added benefits from this ropeway project, as they will no longer have to climb 5.5 KM to reach Yamunotri Dham. Usually, it takes 2 to 3 hours from Kharsali enroute Yamunotri Dham and now with this ropeway project it will take a travel time of only 20 minutes. Devotees and tourist will now be able to enjoy the adventure filled journey on the pollution-free supernatural mountain ranges while enjoying the natural and scenic beauty of Himalayas and get darshan and blessings of Maa Yamunotri Devi”.

“The completion of this ropeway project will not only provide convenience to the pilgrims, but will also lead to social and economic development of the area along with employment generation. I express my heartfelt gratitude to the officers and employees of all the departments associated with this project and with enthusiastic efforts it is now going to be completed,” CM added.

Satpal Maharaj, Tourism Minister, Uttarakhand, said, “This ropeway from Kharsali to Yamunotri Dham will connect the summer and winter Dhams of Maa Yamunotri Devi together and open another new chapter in the immense possibilities of religious tourism in Uttarakhand. Through this ropeway project, apart from the devotees, the common tourists will also be able to enjoy immersive experience of seeing the unique natural beauty of the state from close quarters. Our aim is to complete this project on time and as per schedule”.

Tourism Secretary Shri Sachin Kurve, IAS, said “With the construction of ropeway from Kharsali to Yamunotri, tourism will get a boost as the devotees coming to Yamunotri Dham will also get better amenities and facilities. Added to this, employment opportunities will also be generated for the local people. Devotees and tourists from India and abroad will be able to enjoy the picturesque valleys of Uttarkashi while visiting Yamunotri Dham using the ropeway”.

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