Longest Ropeway in India inaugurated in Guwahati
In a major boost to the Guwahati Metropolitan Infrastructure Indian longest ropeway terminal connecting Guwahati to North Guwahati has been Inaugurated by finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sharma.
The 1.82 Km ropeway will operate from Kachari Ghat Pan Bazar connecting to Dol Govinda Terminal in North Guwahati. It has been seen as a boon to the people in the region where it will take merely eight minutes to cross the Mighty Brahmaputra river . It will also boost tourism in the region in days to come.
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The Project has been one of the most Ambitious
Plans of the Government have been built with a cost of 56 Crore. The Ropeway is a twin track, single haul, bi- cable, double reversible jig back system with two cabins- having capacity of 30 passengers along with a single operator. The capacity of the Ropeway 250 persons per hour.
The Ropeway in Guwahati is by far the Longest Ropeway in India, built as per international Standards Rites Limited was the consultant, while the contract was executed by Samir Damodar Ropeways Pvt. Ltd. And Switzerland Garaventa AG was responsible for vetting the designs and other safety standards.
This project has bought a lifelong solution for people commuting from Both the ends of the city.
The 1.8km Guwahati-North Guwahati ropeway across the Brahmaputra, India’s longest river ropeway, was commissioned on Monday, a development the BJP-led state government stated was “another feather in the cap of the nation’s gateway into the Northeast”.
The government hopes that the river ropeway will increase tourism while decreasing travel time between Guwahati and North Guwahati from almost 75 minutes on the road and 30 minutes by boat to just about 7.2 minutes.
The ropeway, which will run from Kachari Ghat in Panbazar to the Dol Govinda temple in North Guwahati, was launched by Cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and GDD Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya. Sarma initiated the project while serving as GDD minister.
Along with having the longest river ropeway in the nation, Assam is also home to the nation’s longest bridge, the 9.1 km Bhupen Hazarika Setu, commonly known as the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, which is located in the Tinsukia district.
The Dhola-Sadiya bridge, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated on May 26, 2017, has significantly increased trade and tourism while reducing the travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by five hours.
The anti-CAA protests and later the Covid-19 epidemic delayed the much-delayed river ropeway, which cost over Rs 56 crore to construct. It was once intended to be commissioned in 2019 but was delayed by both events.
According to an official release, “India’s longest ropeway over a river will connect Guwahati to North Guwahati and is another feather in the crown of the nation’s gateway into the Northeast.” The project will also “significantly promote” tourism in Assam and its capital, the statement added.
“Overlooking the lovely Brahmaputra river, the 1.8 km ropeway will make it easier for people to cross the river, cutting down on journey time significantly. Keep your eyes peeled for Urvashi island and get a peek of the Umananda Temple on Peacock island, which was constructed by the alleged Lord Shiva devotee Ahom King Gadadhar Singha, according to the statement.
The ropeway will have two cabins, and each one can accommodate 32 people, including the drivers. With a set one-way ticket of Rs 60 and a two-way fare of Rs 100, it can transport 250 people every hour. Unfortunately, due to societal distance norms brought on by the pandemic, only 15 passengers can use the one-way trip.
Under the direction of the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority, Samir Damodar Ropeways Pvt. Ltd., a joint venture between Damodar Ropeways and G.L. Construction, built the bi-cable jig-back ropeway.