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Published on : Monday, January 18, 2016
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh performed foundation stone laying ceremony of Dharamshala-Mcleodganj ropeway to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crore at Inter State bus Terminus, Dharamshala of Kangra district today.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister said that after completion of this ropeway project, it would reduce the travel time from Dharamshala to Mcleodgang from two hours to 10 minutes. He said that it would have 1638 meter length and hourly capacity of 1000 person per hour. He added that the project would be completed within two years. He said that it would be noise free, electrically driven, eco- friendly and non- polluting project and would help in reduction of 500 tonne of carbon dioxide emission. The project would be executed by Dharamshala ropeway limited which was formed by TRIL Urban transport private limited and Power Himalayas.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that State Government was promoting alternative transportation facilities like ropeway in the State particularly in major towns and tourist destination so that vehicular pressure on the road could be minimized. He said that it would go a long way in boosting the tourism potential in Dharamshala, which was a prominent tourist destination and added that it would provide safe and secure journey to the tourists. It would also give beautiful view of landscape, flora and fauna without affecting the environment.
He said that possibilities would be explored to setup such ropeways in other prominent places to give impetus to the tourist activities in the district.
Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated Tribal Bhawan at Dari constructed at an estimated cost of rupees 118 lakhs. This multi-storey building would have facilities of three dormitory, office, rooms, hall etc. He also laid foundation stone for the construction of balance work or improvement of 9.5 Km long Fatehpur-Sukkar-Masrehar-Matour road under NABARD to be improved at a cost of Rs. 355.16 lakhs. The Chief Minister also laid foundation stone of water supplies scheme of Khas Khanyara, Sokni-Da-Kot, Mouli Haran Di, Mouli Laran Di and Sidhpur in Gram Panchayat Khanyara to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 149 lakh.
Earlier, Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh, who arrived for winter sojourn at Dharamshala today, was given warm reception at Helipad, Teri, Mcleodganj by Speaker Himachal Pradesh Vidhansabha Shri B.B.L Butail, Transport Minister Shri G.S. Bali and Urban Development Minister Shri Sudhir Sharma. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Rural Development and Panchayti Raj Minister Shri Anil Sharma.
Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Shri Neeraj Bharti and Shri Jagjiwan Pal, Chairman, State Finance Commission Shri Kuldeep Kumar, MLAs Smt. Asha Kumari, Shri Sanjay Rattan, Shri Ajay Mahajan, Shri Kishori Lal, Shri Yadwinder Goma and Shri Pawan Kajal, Chairman, OBC Finance Development Corporation Shri Chander Kumar, Chairman, Pollution Control Board Shri Kuldeep Pathania, Chairman, Tourism Development Board Major Vijay Singh Mankotia, Chairman, Kangra Co-operative Bank Shri Jagdish Sipahiya, Vice Chairman, Forest Development Corporation Shri Kewal Singh Pathania, Vice Chairman, Employees and Labour Welfare Board Shri Surinder Mankotia, Deputy Commissioner, Kangra Shri Ritesh Chauhan, senior officers of the