fbpx

Vaishno Devi pilgrimage: Ropeway announced

Vaishno Devi to get 1,281-metre ropeway from Katra to Adhkuwari

Reading Time: 2 minutes

 

Pilgrims to India’s 700-year-old Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu will soon be able to cover part of the mountainous trek by means of ropeway.

The shrine’s board has this week given approval to a much-awaited proposal to construct a 1,281-metre long ropeway between Katra and Adhkuwari.

The trek between is 6 km long.

One of the holiest of Hindu temples, Vaishno Devi is located at Katra town in Jammu district. It is situated at an altitude of 5,200 feet, about 12 km from Katra.

The proposal was approved in the 69th meeting of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, presided over by the board Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.

Sharing details, Delhi-based shrine board member K.K. Sharma of AIMIL Pharmaceuticals Ltd revealed that the proposal had been in consideration for a long time.

“It was way back in 2012, in the 51st meeting, that the board had decided to conduct a study with RITES Ltd, a railway undertaking, to explore the possibilities of a ropeway,” he reported. “RITES submitted its report to the board in 2017 which found it suitable for the construction of the ropeway between Katra and Adhkuwari. Since then, this proposal for a Vaishno Devi ropeway (lay) pending, and was approved in the first meeting of the newly constituted board held on this week.”

As per the proposal, 1,281.20-metre long ropeway will be constructed with a maximum height of 590.75 metres. It will have the capacity to carry 1,500 people one way per hour, with each cabin having a capacity of eight persons.

While its construction is estimated at Rs 94.23 crore, RITES says 63 per cent of the operating cost can be recovered if the per passenger travel fee is kept at Rs 200.
Sharma said the construction would start soon.

The pilgrim footfall at the shrine was over 5,577,000 in 2021, up significantly from 17,00,000 the previous year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

READ ALSO: How Vaishno Devi inspired this wheelchair-bound woman to travel the world solo

- Advertisement -

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Podcasts

Let’s Talk Boosters: Indian Link podcast

0
  In LET'S TALK BOOSTERS, a new podcast series by Indian Link, host Ekta Sharma quizzes Dr Kritman Dhamoon of Blacktown Hospital Sydney about booster...
Frontline worker Parita Patel (inset). Image supplied

‘Serving the community’: COVID testing in remote NSW

0
  The past two years have been a rollercoaster of COVID-19 related turmoil; from isolating lockdowns, closed borders, to trying to help Indians in the...

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

0
  Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...
- Advertisement -

Latest News

Review: Dhaakad

0
  Director Razneesh Ghai's Dhaakad is an action-packed, stylishly mounted but twisted thriller that has the feel of a graphic novel. Designed as an espionage thriller,...
scott morrison playing cricket

Seeing the 2022 Federal Elections through the eyes of a cricket...

0
  On ABC Sydney radio this week (Journos’ Forum with Richard Glover on the Drive show), Indian Link’s Pawan Luthra looked at the 2022 Federal...
gaganyaan discovery +

Review: Gaganyaan – Bharat Ki Antariksh Udaan (Discovery+)

0
  Gaganyaan, a 47-minute documentary streaming on discovery+, showcases India's ambitious odyssey of sending Indian astronauts into space in an Indian spacecraft by 2023. The film...
heavy metal

Ask Auntyji: Heavy metal vs. my boys arguing

0
  Dear Auntyji I am an Australian, married to a lady of Indian descent. I occasionally read your columns and need an online dictionary to understand...

Feel in awe at Vivid Sydney

0
  There are plenty of awesome activities in Sydney all year around. Nearly every month sees a fiesta, embracing themes ranging from art, culture, theatre,...