Varanasi, India (Urban Transport News): Varanasi Development Authority is all set to start the ropeway system in 5 km area between Cantt Railway Station (Varanasi Junction) and Godaulia. The ropeway service will be started with 220 cable cars, which will be available at four escalator-equipped stations each in a span of 1.5 minutes. After the introduction of this system, Varanasi will be the first Indian city to use a ropeway as a form of public transport.
Recently, the team of WAPCOS Limited submitted a proposal to adopt ropeway system in Varanasi. The estimated cost of the project will be Rs 400 crore. Presentation was given by the officials of WAPCOS and the final proposal would be sent to the Government of Uttar Pradesh for approval.
“The final presentation on the pilot phase of the ropeway service by WAPCOS took place on Tuesday evening and is being submitted to the state government for approval on Thursday. After getting the government’s nod, he said, the bidding process for the project will be public-private. The execution will be started on participatory mode,” Divisional Commissioner Deepak Agarwal said.
“The ropeway service will start with 220 cable cars in a 5 km area. Each cable car will have 10 seats. These cars will move in an interval of 90 seconds. As per the final alignment, the main terminus will be at Cantt Railway Station while other stations will be at Sajan, Rath Yatra and Church (Godauliya) crossing. A turning line will be built between Cantt railway station and Sajan crossing.
Initially the ropeway service will be started as a pilot phase with four stations. The height of the stations will be more than 11 meters and each station will be equipped with escalators. While finalizing the routes of the ropeway lines, WAPCOS officials have tried their best to ensure that minimum number of buildings are coming up under the project. A total of 29 buildings are coming up under the pilot phase of the project.
After the approval of the proposal by the state government, the work of installing the ropeway system will be started in November 2021. The ropeway system has been selected as the public transport in the densely populated old city area and the pilot project of the proposed service has been finalised. agencies. However, RITES Limited is preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Multimodal Transportation System in the city.