Dharamshala – McLeodganj Ropeway Gets Enviornment Nod

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Dharamshala: The Rs 144.9 crore Dharamsala-McLeodganj passenger ropeway project has received environment clearance, senior government officials here disclosed.
“Based on the information submitted by the project proponent, the Union Environment Ministry has given environment clearance to the Dharamsala-McLeodganj ropeway project subject to the compliance of specific and general conditions,” the official said.

The foundation stone for construction of this project was laid in January 2016 and is expected to provide a permanent solution to the traffic problems of McLeodganj during the peak tourist season.

The ropeway project will include construction of around 2 km ropeway having 18-24 gondolas from Dharamshala to McLeodganj.

The project envisages construction of buildings at two ends — lower terminal point and upper terminal point — of ropeway systems for boarding and deboarding of passengers and other infrastructure such as ticket counters, waiting area, toilet facilities and medical emergency room.

Dharmshala Ropeway Ltd, which will implement the project, has been asked to obtain ‘consent to establish’ from the State Pollution Control Board.

It has also been told to construct adequate parking at lower terminal and provide dedicated trolleys for carrying baggage.

The land requirement for the proposed project is about 2.24 hectare, out of which forest land involved is 1.69 hectare.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 12 years of experience behind him. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI new agency. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism awar. He has intensively covered the Tibetan Government in Exile and regularly reports on varied issues which include sports, tourism and others. Arvind Sharma lives in Dharamshala in Himachal.

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