From Concept to Skyline: Maharashtra’s Ropeway Vision Nears Reality with NHLML’s Feasibility Study

In a significant stride toward enhancing connectivity and reducing traffic at key tourist destinations, Maharashtra is poised to undergo a comprehensive feasibility study for 40 ropeway proposals across the state. The study, to be conducted by representatives of the National Highways Logistic Management Limited (NHLML), is part of the ambitious National Ropeway Programme, covering regions such as Pune, Mumbai, Raigad, Nashik, Aurangabad, Satara, and Ratnagiri.

These proposals, including connections to landmarks like Harishchandra Fort in Ahmednagar, Sunset Point Jawhar in Palghar, and Goa Fort at Dapoli in Ratnagiri, have been in discussion for the past two years. The Union Ministry of Road, Transport, and Highways will evaluate the proposals through NHLML, marking a significant step toward transforming the state’s transportation landscape.

Presently, only the Raigad ropeway is operational in Maharashtra. The feasibility study, expected to take two months, will be followed by the commencement of the bidding process, according to NHLML officials. The entire funding for these projects will be provided by the Centre as part of the Parvatmala Yojana, a scheme aimed at promoting ropeways as an efficient mode of transport.

The state’s role is anticipated to involve providing land on lease for the cable cars’ landing, while NHLML, a special purpose vehicle of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for infrastructure development, will oversee the implementation of feasible ropeway projects. A total of 250 proposals are currently under evaluation across the country as part of the National Ropeway Programme.

The recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Maharashtra Public Works Department (PWD) and NHLML solidifies their collaboration, ensuring effective implementation, development, construction, operation, and maintenance of the identified projects. Other states, including Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, and Andhra Pradesh, have already inked MoUs with NHLML for ropeway construction under the Parvatmala Yojana.

Tourists eagerly anticipate the ropeway plans, recognizing cable cars as an eco-friendly mode of transport that not only saves commuting time but also promises a unique and enjoyable experience, as expressed by Sujeet Bhandarkar.

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