The Hush Post|17:30 pm|1-min-read
On Monday, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik inaugurated the Bhairon Ghati Passenger Ropeway that would connect the Vaishno Devi shrine to Bhairon temple.
Though the distance between the temple and Bhairon Ghati is just 1.5 kilometres, the climb is extremely steep which makes it difficult for pilgrims to visit the Bhairon Nath temple. The ropeway service will provide huge relief particularly to the elderly and specially-abled, because of the steep climb to an altitude of 6,600 feet.
However, with the launch of Bhawan-Bhairon ropeway project, passengers can reach the temple in just three minutes. Reportedly, a ride on the ropeway will cost Rs 100 per person. It has a carrying capacity of 800 persons per hour. The service will be operational only during the daytime.
On Sunday, trial runs were made. According to reports, the temple witnessed over 3,000 more pilgrims than the average footfall that it usually receives.
The ropeway project works had been undertaken by the joint venture of Garaventa AG, Switzerland and Damodar Ropeways Construction Co (P) Ltd, Kolkata, under the supervision of RITES. The equipment and cabins of the ropeway have been imported from Switzerland.
The trial and testing of the project formally began on November 26. Besides trial and testing of the passenger ropeway, mock rescue and evacuation drills were conducted. Staffers of the shrine board have also been trained for emergency services.