Varanasi, India (Urban Transport News): The Varanasi Development Authority ia all set to introduce Ropeway system in 5 km area between Cantt Railway Station (Varanasi Junction) and Godowlia. The ropeway service will be intorduced with 220 cable cars, which will be available at each of the escalator equipped four stations in a interval of 1.5 minutes. Once this system launched, Varanasi will be the first Indian city to use the ropeway as the public transport.
Recently, the team of WAPCOS Limited as submitted a proposal to adopt Ropeway system in Varanasi. The estimated cost of the project will be Rs 400 crores. A presentation was given by the WAPCOS officials and the final proposal will be submitted to the Uttar Pradesh government for approval.
"Final presentation on pilot phase of ropeway service by the WAPCOS took place on Tuesday evening and it is going to be submitted to the state government of Thursday for approval. After getting the government’s nod, he said, the bidding process for the project to be executed on public private partnership mode will be started," said Deepak Agrawal, Divisional Commissioner.
“The ropeway service in 5 km area will start with 220 cable cars. Each cable car will have 10 seats. These cars will move in a gap of 90 seconds. As per the final alignment the main terminus will be at Cantt railway station while other stations will be at Sajan, Rathyatra and Girjaghar (Godowlia) crossings. A turning line will be created between Cantt railway station and Sajan crossing,” he explained.
Initially, the ropeway service will be start with four stations as a pilot phase. The height of stations will be of above 11 meters and each station will be equipped with escalators. The WAPCOS officials have tried their best to ensure that minimum buildings are cming under the project while finalising the routes of ropeway lines. A total of 29 buildings are coming under the pilot phase of the project.
Once the proposal accepted by the state government, the work of installation of ropeway system will be commenced in November 2021. The Ropeway system has been selected as public transport in the densely populated old city area and pilot project of the proposed service has been finalised by the agencies. However, RITES Limited is preparing the detailed project report (DPR) for multimodel transportation system in the city.