Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Thursday (25 February) said that a cable car facility at the popular tourist spot of Nandi Hills will be a reality soon as the state government has released Rs 10 crore already for developing this place into an international tourist destination.
After inspecting the development works at Nandi Hills here, Sudhakar who is also Chikkaballapur MLA and district in-charge minister, said that there is popular demand from people for a cable car service for the last several years but this time it will be a reality.
“Preliminary work will start in next three or four months. Tender will be called soon to allocate the work order,” he said.
According to him, the district administration plans to introduce trekking trails to five hills surrounding the Nandi hills as part of its ecotourism initiative.
“Beside this conservation of archaeological monuments, beautification, infrastructure development works will also be taken up in the coming days. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is more keen to give priority to the tourism sector in the coming Budget,” he added.
The cable car project or ropeway project has remained a pipe dream for nearly 35 years, after this project was mooted by then Kannada superstar and director Shankar Nag who died in an accident almost three decades ago.
Many chief ministers have favoured the project and it has also regularly figured in state Budgets since then but failed to take off at any place the government had been planning so far owing to forest and ecological concerns.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)
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