Having faced years of delay, the ambitious Jammu Ropeway Project, that will connect Mubarak Mandi and Bahu (Shahbad)-Mohmaya areas of the city, is likely to be commissioned by the year 2017.
The idea of the project, which is being executed at the cost of Rs. 66 Crores, was conceived about two decades ago. However the construction on the ground was started only last year, several months after laying of foundation stone in Feb 2014 by the then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Managing Director (MD) Cable Car Corporation Nazir Ahmed Mir told that the deadline for the completion of this prestigious project was fixed at two and half years. “However seeing the pace of the work, it is expected that project will be completed within 2 years”, he claimed.
“The construction work is being closely monitored as we have to submit monthly status of the project to Jammu and Kashmir High Court as per the directions issued by a Division Bench in response to a PIL”, Mir said.
He said work on the upper terminal of the project near Bahu Fort is near completion, while the work on the middle terminal has been taken up. He however said that the land acquisition, land clearance and utility shifting works are pending at the lower terminal of the project near Peer Kho.
Pertinently, on its completion, the ropeway would have 37 cabin lines from historic Mubarak Mandi Royal palace to Mahamaya Park and onward to Shahbad Bagh-e-Bahu.
The project will be executed in two sections. Section-I from Mubarak Mandi to Mahamaya (1117 meters length) will be a monocable detachable system and Section-II from Mubarak Mandi to Bahu Fort near Shahabad (453 meters length) will be a monocable pulsated system.