Uttarakhand Tourism inks Rs 166.8 crore MoU for Yamunotri ropeway project

 Saturday, February 25, 2023 


The Uttarakhand Tourism department inked Rs 166.8 crore memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday with two private enterprises for the ambitious Yamunotri ropeway project in the presence of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

The 3.38km ropeway would be mono-cable detachable, with a capacity of 500 passengers per hour. The lower terminal would be built on 1.7 hectares of land in Kharsali, and the upper terminal on 0.9 hectares in Yamunotri.

Pilgrims will be able to reach the five-kilometer distance currently covered by hiking in about 20 minutes by using the ropeway. The ropeway is considered significant since pilgrims have died on the difficult trip in the past.

Dhami said, “With the completion of the project, Yamunotri will be directly connected to Kharsali, which is a prominent winter destination. Devotees and tourists will get added benefits from the ropeway project, as they will no longer have to trek for 5.5km to cover the distance.”

A single ropeway carriage will have a passenger capacity of eight persons. The Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board is carrying out the project in a public-private mode. The construction of parking, residential arrangements, and restaurant has also been envisaged as part of the overall Yamunotri ropeway project.

State Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj said, “Besides the pilgrimage to Yamunotri, the ropeway will open another new chapter in the immense possibilities of religious tourism in Uttarakhand. Through this ropeway project, the tourists will also be able to enjoy the immersive experience of seeing the unique natural beauty of the state from close quarters.”

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