Himachal Pradesh sees an influx of over 3,000 taxis on a daily basis. This recent development will contribute towards improving tourism, combating traffic problems and safeguarding the environment in the region. By Ishani Singh
Two ropeways will be built from Dharamshala to Himani Chamunda, and Palchan to Rohtang in the near future to enhance tourist convenience in the valley. According to reports, a sum of INR 450 crore and INR 280 crore will be invested on the 9 km Palchan to Rohtang route, and the 4 km Dharamshala to Himani Chamunda route, respectively. The service will also provide a splendid aerial view of the valley from atop the mountain.
An official from the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department stated that the approval for these projects has been received under the Forest Conservation Act. Beyond Kothi, a small town located on the foothills of Rohtang pass, the traffic situation worsens and extends the travel time of the journey. With the help of the ropeways, this three-hour road trip will be cut down to 30 minutes and also help reduce vehicular pollution in the region.
The Himani Chamunda passenger ropeway will cover an area of 107,768 sq m and consist of a continuous detachable mono-cable gondola system, along with three terminal stations and a ropeway corridor. It will be built with the capacity to carry at least 600 people per hour. With the help of the Palchan-Rohtang ropeway, tourist-based traffic up to Rohtang will be lessened and vehicles to Lahaul-Spiti and Leh districts will reach reach the Himalayan hamlet in lesser time.
Due to rising pollution levels in the state, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has restricted the number of vehicles entering Himachal Pradesh on a daily basis to 1,200 and given a green signal to the construction of the ropeway at the earliest.