DHARAMSALA, 19 Jan: The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh said that the Dharamshala Skyway will contribute greatly to solving the traffic problem of Mcleod Ganj and establishing it as a tourist attraction.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur made the remarks as he inaugurated the 1.8km long Dharamshala Skyway today.
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama resides here in Dharamsala, he is revered across India and the world. And this helped us greatly in making Dharamsal an international tourist destination,” the Chief Minister said.
Addressing directly to the Tibetans, Thakur said that India has always supported Tibet’s independence, expressed hope that this relationship will continue and collaborate more with the Tibetan community.
The Dharamshala-McLeodganj skyway was envisaged in 2013 and got the government’s final approval in 2015. While the project was supposed to be completed by the end of 2018, it was postponed due to a delay in forest clearances.
The skyway, constructed with Rs 207 crore has reduced the distance from Dharamsala to Mcleod Ganj to just 5 minutes. Additionally, the Mcleod Ganj station wears a touch of Tibetan architectural design.
Using the Mono cable detachable gondola technology, the ropeway will carry 1,000 people in one direction in an hour. And the one-way commute of the 1.8 km skyway is just 5 minutes.
The fare for a one-way ride on the skyway is Rs 300 while a roundtrip costs Rs 500.