PM Modi lays foundation stone for India’s first public ropeway in Varanasi
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the India’s first urban transport ropeway on March 24, 2023, in Varanasi.
This is the first urban ropeway project in the country.
The total cost incurred for this ropeway project is around Rs 645 crore.
Once the project becomes functional, India will become the third country in the world to use a ropeway for public transportation. Till date such facility is operational only in Bolivia and Mexico City,
The project will be constructed by Vishwa Samudra, National Highways Logistics Private Limited (NHLML) in collaboration with Switzerland-based firm Bartholet.
The 3.75-km long ropeway system will have five stations and will function between Varanasi Cantonment and Godowlia Chowk.
The five stations are, Vidya Peeth, Bharatmala Mandir, Rath Yatra, Girja Ghar and Godowlia Chowk.
It will feature a trolley with a capacity of 10 passengers running at an interval of every two minutes.
Through ropeway, the entire 3.75 km distance will be covered in 16 minutes. It will be operational for 16 hours per day.
The ropeway in Varanasi would serve as a faster and economical mode of transportation, saving time and money for the tourists.