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The Girnar ropeway, the country's largest project

The Girnar ropeway, the country's largest project

“An NGO headed by Dinesh Goswami,the Prakruti Nature Centre,and forest guards had conducted the survey there. They had put in a lot of effort,including rock-climbing to survey better,and had photographic evidence to back their data. So one reason for the increase may be because the efforts are more,and there is also a real increase in the population because of successful nesting,” said Pathak.

The other species is the White-rumped vulture; this year’s survey has counted 26 of them,again a jump from the 14 counted in 2010. While the 2007 survey found no White-rumped vultures in the district,there were 44 in 2005.

Narendra Modi soon.


Deepak Kapalis of the company said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi also unveils what he is inaugurating. Girnar rope-way will also be unveiled soon. The Girnar ropeway being built by Usha Braco is one of the largest ropeways in the country. Usha Braco, who has more than 50 years of experience, is constructing the ropeway at an estimated cost of Rs 130 crore. 

K H Patel, a senior citizen, also termed the decision as shocking." It is a shocking decision for us who have difficulty climbing Girnar Mountain."

"It is very painful to hear such a decision. Ropeways are operated in several forests across India, then why the same is rejected here? We were waiting for the realisation of the project. By taking such a decision, the Centre has shut the door of development here," Mashru said.

being discussed in basic sources.

The rap way being prepared for devotees who want to visit Girnar, a major

There are several temples located on various hills along Mount Girnar,which has 9,999 steps. The absence of a ropeway has restricted the number of visitors so far.

Some 70-odd other nesting sites are also distributed in surrounding areas,Goswami added. According to him,the number of nests has grown from 26 at the last survey to 85 currently.

The ropeway connects Bhavnath Taleti with Ambaji TempleRajkot: Under the supervision of four engineers from Austria, trial run of Girnar ropeway was carried out at Girnar on the outskirts of Junagadh on Sunday. One trolley was used for the run without any weight. A dream project of PM Narendra Modi, Girnar ropeway is the biggest ropeway project in Asia. In 2007, Modi, as the then chief minister of Gujarat, had presided over the foundation stone laying ceremony of the project. The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 110 crore. “The ropeway connects Bhavnath Taleti with Ambaji Temple, covering 2.3 km in just seven minutes,” said an official from Junagadh district administration. “Nine towers have been erected between Bhavnath Taleti and Ambaji Temple, the highest being 66-metre on the thousandth step of Girnar. There are 5,000 steps between Bhavnath Taleti and Ambaji Temple,” described the official. “Once the project is accomplished, there will be 24 trolleys strung along the ropeway. Each trolley will have the capacity of accommodating eight persons. Thus, in one run, 192 passengers will be able to travel,” the official added. Managed by Usha Breco Limited, the Girnar ropeway project was first proposed in 1983. However, the construction work on the ambitious project could take off only in 2017, after clearing several pending approvals from the government as well as many a litigation against it.Considering the project to be a threat on their livelihood, several palanquin-bearers, who carried pilgrims from Bhavnath Taleti to Ambaji Temple, had moved the Gujarat high court (HC) against the ropeway. However, HC junked their petition after Usha Breco Limited offered alternative jobs to these displaced palanquin-bearers as compensation. Again the outbreak of the global pandemic stalled the project further after it was supposed to take off in May 2020. “This is a very positive sign. We have given the company a mandate to complete the project by October 15. So far, everything is going as per the plan,” said Jenu Devan, MD, TCGL.FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail

What is a ropeway ticket?

 A ropeway ticket costs around Rs. 700 is likely to be kept. Pilgrims carry Rs.4000 to Rs.5000 per person. Against him Rs. 700 return tickets are expected to be issued. It is learned that the government is ready to set up shop in the same area to compensate the elderly and infirm pilgrims for the damage caused by it

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