JAMMU, Feb 9: The ambitious Jammu Ropeway Project, spanning from Mubarak Mandi to Bahu (Shahabad) via Mahamaya, is being undertaken at full pace and is likely to be commissioned in the early months of 2018.
Minister of State for Tourism, Priya Sethi said this during her visit to inspect the progress of works for site development as part of the prestigious Cable Car Project.
Priya Sethi took stock of works at all three sites including Mahamaya, Bahu (Shahabad) and Peek-Kho and inspected plans besides enquired about completion timelines for various stages of the project.
The Minister was informed that over 60 percent civil RCC works been completed till date including construction of station building at Bahu (Shahabad) and Mahamaya, besides, the work for station foundation at Peerkho and towers for both sections of the project are underway.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that completion of this project will give a major boost to the State tourism economy by creating varied avenues for the people associated with the tourism industry.
She also said that focus of the Government is on developing the tourism in cohesion with the nature and without disturbing the ecosystem and natural beauty in the region.
She further said that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is personally monitoring the progress on these special tourism development projects for Jammu and efforts are being made to develop Jammu as a prime tourism destination for tourists.
Elaborating on other tourism initiatives in pipeline, the Minister said that along with diverting the tourist traffic towards ancient Shiv Caves at Peek Kho, a project is also underway to connect the five temples adjoining Peer-Kho by a common pathway so that tourists fully experience and appreciate the rich religious tourism avenues on offer in the region.
The Minister was accompanied by Managing Director JKCCC Shamim Ahmad Wani besides officials of JKCCC and other allied agencies.