New Delhi, Oct 24|| PIB

Synopsis
The Girnar Ropeway is Asia’s longest ropeway which will enable the pilgrims to seek the blessings of Maa Amba effortlessly. Located at Mt. Girnar the highest point in Gujarat, the ropeway will feature a state of the art experience Zone, first of its kind in India featuring augmented and virtual reality experiences. The ropeway is constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 130 crore which included the construction of the lower and upper terminals as well as nine poles supporting the rope.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the Girnar Ropeway in Gujarat today (October 24). Mount Girnar is a major pilgrim site in the state because of the presence of the Amba temple, the Dattatreya shrine, and many other Hindu temples as well as several Jain temples. Girnar ropeway is a ropeway on Mount Girnar in Junagadh district, India.

The Girnar Ropeway is Asia’s longest ropeway which will enable the pilgrims to seek the blessings of Maa Amba effortlessly. Located at Mt. Girnar the highest point in Gujarat, the ropeway will feature a state of the art experience Zone, first of its kind in India featuring augmented and virtual reality experiences.

The ropeway is constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 130 crore which included the construction of the lower and upper terminals as well as nine poles supporting the rope.

First proposed in 1983, the construction started only in September 2018 due to government approval delays and litigation. The construction and operation is managed by Usha Breco Limited. And it is financed by Union Bank Of India.

Mount Girnar is a major pilgrim site because according to Jainism 22nd Tirthankar Neminath attained Nirvana (final state of living being) from 5th tonk of the mountain. There are several Jain temples and Hindu temples on the Range. The Girnar Ropeway will enable the pilgrims to seek the blessings of Maa Amba effortlessly. Located at Mt. Girnar the highest point in Gujarat, the ropeway will feature a state of the art experience Zone, first of its kind in India featuring augmented and virtual reality experiences.

The ropeway will take passengers 850 metres (2,800 ft) above the hill to the Amba temple. Initially, there will be 25-30 cabins, with a capacity of eight passengers each.

It can carry 1,000 passengers per hour but operates at a capacity of 800 passengers per hour and 8000 per day. In one run, 192 passengers will be able to travel. heT distance of 2.3 kms will now be covered in just 7.5 minutes through the ropeway. In addition to this, the ropeway will also provide a scenic view of the lush green beauty surrounding the Girnar

The project was first proposed by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL) in 1983 which suggested the diversion of about 9.1 hectares (22 acres) of forest land. The Government of Gujarat finalised diversion of 7.29 hectares (18.0 acres) of forest land in 1994 and the compensatory forest land was granted near Toraniya village. The Government of India also permitted in 1995.

The project was delayed when the palanquin-bearers, who carried pilgrims up the mount, opposed the project and petitioned the Gujarat High Court regarding their livelihood. The petition was dismissed after the company constructing the ropeway, Usha Breco Limited, agreed for compensatory livelihood. As of 2020, total of 104 shops for palanquin-bearers who were affected by the project, are being constructed in the parking lot of the lower terminal. After objections from the environmental activists, the construction was further stopped in 1999.

Currently, there are three other ropeways in Gujrat. Arasuri Ambaji Temple, Gabbar Hill, MahakalikaPavagadh Ropeway, Saputara Hill Station Ropeway

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