Uttarakhand: Kedarnath and Hemkund Sahib ropeway to be built at a cost of two thousand crores
Now the process is going on with the Center for forest land transfer. Apart from this, NHAI has started survey work for five more ropeways.
Now the devotees coming to the Kedarnath and Hemkund Sahib will get a chance to travel by the ropeway in the coming time. There the ropeway will be constructed at a cost of more than two thousand crores. The NHAI's agency National Highway Logistics Management Limited has prepared the DPRs of both the ropeways. Now the process is going on with the Center for forest land transfer. Apart from this, NHAI has started survey work for five more ropeways.
On Monday, in the 22nd board meeting of the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Council, under the chairmanship of Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj, several proposals were approved. Sonprayag to Kedarnath ropeway will be constructed with 1200 crores and Hemkund Sahib to Govindghat ropeway will be constructed with 850 crores.
A survey has been started for ropeway between Panch Koti to Bauri, Balati Band to Khalia Top, Rishikesh to Neelkanth, Auli to Gausaun, and Ranibagh to Hanuman Garh Temple.
PM Modi announced
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced to build the ropeways in Kedarnath and Hemkund Sahib. The ropeway is proposed from Sonprayag to Kedarnath. Gaurikund, Chirbasa, and Lincholi will have three stations in the ropeway. The government has given approval for forest land transfers in various cases including Sonprayag-Shri Kedarnath Dham and Govindghat-Hemkunt Sahib ropeway.
At present time, there nine ropeway projects are proposed in the state, while Surkanda Devi has been completed. The remaining projects of the ropeway will include Kedarnath, Hemkund Sahib, Yamunotri, Nainital, Neelkanth Mahadev, Tehri, Kunjapuri, and Dehradun-Mussoorie.
The Tourism Minister said that Auli would be developed as a training hub for adventure activities. For this, 1.50 crore has been approved for the master plan. The government will make efforts to start trekking in Bugyal. The case will be placed before the High Court for permission for trekking.
Their various activities to be done through the council were approved in the board meeting. It was also decided to send the proposal for the creation of 94 additional posts to the government in the framework of the council.
A total budget of 55 crores was passed to conduct the activities of the council for the financial year 2022-23. A proposal to organize Paragliding, Mountain Biking, Adventure Summit, Skiing Championship, Tehri Lake Festival, and Yoga Festival was placed on the board. A provision of Rs 30 crore has been made for the promotion of tourism.
Secretary Tourism Dilip Jawalkar, Additional Chief Executive Officer Tourism Pooja Garbyal, Additional Chief Executive Officer (Adventure Wing) Col Ashwini Pundir, Additional Chief Executive Officer PK Patro, KMVN Managing Director Vineet Tomar, Public Works Department Additional Secretary Atar Singh, Energy Department Prakash Chandra Joshi, Deputy Secretary to the Board, Jagdish Chandra, Basant Singh Bisht, Kishore Kumar Yadav, Uttara Bisht, Meera Raturi, Director (Infra) of UTDB, Lt. Commander Deepak Khanduri, Additional Director Poonam Chand, Additional Director Vivek Singh Chauhan, Deputy Director Yogendra Kumar Gangwar, etc. were present.