It is a proud moment for Gujarat. Girnar Ropeway has been inaugurated by our PM Modi on 24 October. It has been constructed at a calculated cost of Rs 130 crore including lower and upper terminal both along with nine towers in support of the rope between Bhavnath Taleti and Ambaji Temple.
Something about Mount Girnar:
Mount Girnar, a Gujarati pilgrim region is very prominent because of the presence of famous shrines like Amba Temple, Dattatreya shrine, and other Hindu and Jain temples as well.
Girnar ropeway, Asia’s longest ropeway is situated on Mount Girnar in Junagadh District of Gujarat.
It is located within Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park. The work was again resumed in 2002 clearing all the objections after the land was procured in 2007.
The proposal for its construction was proposed in 1983 by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL) and construction was started in September 2018. It was about to inaugurate in May 2020 but was delayed to October 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Its Foundation stone was laid by CM of state, PM Narendra Modi.
- Why this late?
- Obviously because of government delays and litigation because of objections from environmental activists.
- It was also delayed when palanquin bearers opposed the project and filed PIL.
- The petition was further removed by Usha Breco Ltd., a ropeway construction company agreed to compensate for their livelihood.
- Takes passenger to 2,800 feet above the hill to Amba Temple
- Will have 25-30 cabins holding 8 passengers each. It can carry 800 passengers per hour and 192 passengers will be able to travel per hour.
- 5 km distance will be covered in 8 minutes approx via ropeway. On the way, it will provide a beautiful scenic beauty and green lushy forest beauty all around the Girnar Mountain.
- It will facilitate 5-6 lakh people to visit Girnar Mountain every year.