Travel to Vaishno Devi shrine becomes easier

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Dec 2018 08:55:43



JAMMU and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday e-inaugurated the Rs 85-crore Bhawan-Bhairon passenger ropeway, which is expected to make travel easier for Vaishno Devi pilgrims. Malik, who is also the chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, dedicated the high-tech project to pilgrims visiting the famous hill shrine, at a function in Raj Bhawan here on Monday, He said the ropeway will reduce travel time between Bhawan and Bhairon Temple (one-way journey) from one hour to just about three minutes. The board has decided to keep the ticket price low, with the to and fro journey costing Rs 100 per passenger, the spokesman said. The Governor lauded the efforts of the officers and engineers “who made this mega project a reality” and gave valuable inputs to the shrine board to operate the ropeway system in a “hassle-free” manner.

Speaking on the safety aspect of the project, Malik said rescue and relief preparations should be of international standards. The ropeway has a carrying capacity of 800 persons per hour. The Electro-Mechanical Components and cabins of the ropeway have been imported from Switzerland. The system has been fully equipped with all safety gear as per relevant standards and codes, the spokesman said.

“The passenger ropeway is a bi-cable jig-back system with two fully enclosed spacious cabins. It can carry 40 to 45 persons in each compartment in one go. Proper provision for ventilation has also been made,” he explained.
The project has been executed by Garaventa AG, Switzerland and Damodar Ropeways Construction Compan.