Guwahati-North Guwahati ropeway to be opened tomorrow

Published: August 23,2020 02:38 PM

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August 23, 2020: Come Monday, the people of North Guwahati will be able to reach Guwahati in 7 minutes.

August 23, 2020: Come Monday, the people of North Guwahati will be able to reach Guwahati in 7 minutes. The long-pending passenger ropeway project connecting the two banks of the Brahmaputra will be opened on Monday. This is going to be India's longest river ropeway. With this new ropeway, it will take 7 minutes to reach from North Guwahati to Guwahati.

The total length of the project is 1820 metres. It will have 2 terminals. The lower terminal will be at Panbazar in front of Nehru Park while the upper terminal will be at Rajadwar village, behind Dolgovinda Temple. The terminals will have passenger handling area, ticket counter, parking facility and public convenience area. There are 5 trestles supports. The cabins will have 30 passengers + 1 Operator carrying capacity.

In case of any technical issue with the main line, an extra reserved line for the car has been kept. If there's any technical glitch, the second line will be used so that the passengers are not left stranded mid-way.

The ropeway project had started in 2009 but some technical issues popped up in between. A pillar tilted at first and later there was an issue with the archeological department due to which the project had to be stopped. The project is being completed at a cost of about Rs 56 crore. The ropeway project was earlier scheduled to be commissioned by May 2011 with a private limited company being awarded the construction work on a turnkey design and execution basis. The construction work was stopped by Archaeological Survey of India in February, 2011. Permission for tilt rectification of well foundation number 2 was not given at Urvashi Island. The GMDA secured the permission in 2015, but with a condition of relocating the pillar beyond 300 metres of Urvashi Island. Accordingly, the pillar was constructed at the south bank.