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Darshan temple in Jammu via cable car, IIT approves phase 2 | India News


JAMMU: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has sanctioned the tower protection design of the second section of the 1.5km cable car in Jammu which will bring three shrines including the Bahu Fort temple, the Mahamaya temple and the Peerkho Shiv temple on its axis.
The design submitted by Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) was submitted to IIT Delhi for approval. The project is an initiative of Jammu & Kashmir with the guidance of RITES.
The first commercial tour of the 484m long cable car, part of the first section connecting Bahu Fort to Mahamaya, took place in October this year despite COVID delaying the scheduled launch by four months, 30 years after that a similar project be commissioned in Gulmarg in neighboring Kashmir.
“It is a great feat for all of us. Despite Covid, we have witnessed a good response. As of November last week, more than 4,000 people have enjoyed the ride, ”Majid Drabu, managing director of J&K Cable Car Corporation (JKCC), told TOI.
The ticket for the first section has been set at Rs 300 for a round trip.
“But as a gesture of goodwill, an inaugural offer of Rs 100 per trip continues for the time being,” Drabu said.
The second section, which is 1.1 km long, will connect Peerkhoo with Mahamaya in Jammu.
“Teachers from IIT Delhi visited the site. The JKCCC is likely to start now and work to protect the tower will begin soon, ”said an official in Jammu.
There are two towers in the Bahu-Mahamaya section and seven in the Mahamaya-Peerkhoo section.
“We are happy to be able to offer the best panoramic views to backpackers and religious travelers. The cable car is strategically located near three very sacred and historical temples in Jammu and the cable car provides connectivity to the three temples at Bahu Fort, Mahamaya and Peerkho.In addition, you can also have a view of the historic Har-ki-Poudi. temple while enjoying the gondola ride from Bahu to Mahamaya, ”said Drabu.
The second section has been allowed to operate with 14 cabins due to the longer cable car length compared to the six in the Bahu-Mahamaya section that was launched last month.
The second section that will connect Peerkho with Mahmaya was not put into commercial operations, taking into account the objection of the technical inspection committee of the state government that had wanted additional protection of the towers erected in the bed of the Tawi river.

Times of India