Karnataka: Nandi Hills Ropeway To Be Operational In Next 36 Months, Tourism Department Signs Concession Agreement With Private Firm

Karnataka: Nandi Hills Ropeway To Be Operational In Next 36 Months, Tourism Department Signs Concession Agreement With Private Firm

by India Infrahub - Thursday, February 16, 2023 03:27 PM IST
Karnataka: Nandi Hills Ropeway To Be Operational In Next 36 Months, Tourism Department Signs Concession Agreement With Private FirmNandi Hills

Karnataka state tourism department has inked a concession agreement with Dynamicx Ropeway Private Limited.

The company was awarded the ropeway project under DBOT (Design, Build, Operate, Transfer) Model with a concession period of 30 years. The project is estimated to cost ₹ 93.40 crores. The 2.93km long proposed ropeway will comprise 18 towers. Each round-trip will take 28 minutes. It will come up at the height of 300 metres. Around 20 pillars will be laid from the foothills to the end point and the tallest pillar may be 35 metres tall.

The proposed ropeway will have provision for 50 cabins where passengers will be seated. In one cabin, 10 people can be accommodated.

The project will be taken up on 12 acres of land, of which 10 acres are under the revenue department, where the work will start. The tourism department is awaiting clearance from the forest department.

The ropeway is expected to be operational by March 2025.

The foundation stone of the Rs 96-crore project is likely to be laid by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai later this month or early March.

Nandi hills, located in the Chikkaballapura district, is 60 km from the city and is among the preferred weekend getaways for residents of Bengaluru. The hill and its surrounding are famous for their rich biodiversity, trekking, viewpoint and historic Bhoganandeshwara temple.

The ropeway will reduce the time to reach the hilltop. It is expected to curb pollution due to heavy traffic on the hill. The ropeway is also likely to provide a further boost to tourism.

Kapil Mohan, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism Department, said, “A fast and environment-friendly transportation facility like ropeway will save the time taken to reach Nandi Hills and reduce pollution in the area, apart from offering a scenic aerial view of the surrounding area.”

In Feb 2022, the Karnataka Cabinet gave the go-ahead for constructing a ropeway at Nandi Hills under a public-private-participation (PPP) model paving the way for bids to be invited for the project.

The state government had roped in AarconInfra, a company with good experience in executing ropeway projects worldwide and has installed 64 ropeways in different states in India and abroad, to do a feasibility study for the project.

Karnataka plans to develop ropeway infrastructure in three other places -Jog Falls, Kemmanagundi and Chamundi Hills. While ropeway projects have been proposed regularly, it has failed to take off due to forest regulations and ecological concerns.

In 2021, an ambitious ropeway project proposed at Chamundi Hill faced strident opposition from environmental groups who claimed that the project would spoil the environment and disturb the sanctity of the religious destination. The ropeway project in Chamundi has been put on hold by the government.

Even the proposed ropeway Nandi hill faces opposition from environmental activists, ornithologists, conservationists, and forest department officials on the ground that it is an ecologically sensitive forest area that is already under enormous pressure due to the rapid urbanisation of Bengaluru. However, the state government is inclined to execute the project.

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