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Uttarakhand to develop 46 ropeway projects across the state: tourism minister

The government of Uttarakhand, led by Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, has given green light to the development of 46 ropeway projects under the Parvatmala scheme to boost tourism across the state, Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj said Friday in Dehradun.

“The mountainous state of Uttarakhand understands the importance of the cable car, which is considered the most environmentally friendly mode of transport; therefore, we have decided to develop 46 ropeway projects across the state, which will also contribute to the development of tourism,” he said at a meeting of the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, which was held in Dehradun on Friday evening.

The Minister of Tourism instructed officials to explore the possibility of building a funicular in places where there is no possibility to build a cable car project.

A funicular or inclined railway is a system that is handy for pulling trains up steep slopes with a cable, where steel wheels can be used to guide the train along the tracks without traction.

“The ropeway projects will alleviate the problem of tourists, especially in places with steep slopes,” said Jaspal Chauhan, Dehradun County Tourism Officer.

“We have submitted a proposal for a ropeway project for the Santhala Temple at Jaintan Wala, and when it is completed, it will make it convenient for tourists and pilgrims to visit the temple,” he said.

The Department of Tourism is also preparing a master plan for Auli and a proposal to build houseboats and promote homestay in the state to promote tourism so that tourists can see new destinations every time they visit, tourism officials said.

They said the tourism department had also instructed officials to develop the Trijugi Narayan temple site in the Rudraprayag district as a wedding venue after consultation with the Gram Panchayats and temple priests.

Meanwhile, at George Everest’s home in Mussoorie, the golf course has already begun.

“Work has been underway to turn the George Everest House into a major tourist destination in Mussoorie, and to do this, a golf cart will be run on a trial basis from the base of the George Everest House to the house where George Everest spent many years of his life. when conducting a survey of the area,” added Chauhan.

Once the golf carts are successful, the tourism department will add four more golf carts to be used as a shuttle for George Everest, he said.

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