Giving momentum to its religious tourism policy, the Uttar Pradesh government has constructed a ropeway at Lakshman hills in Chitrakoot to carry pilgrims from the base to the top of the hill, thus reducing the travel time to just two minutes.
The ropeway has been constructed under the PPP (public private participation) model by the Tourism department and it would be inaugurated soon, a senior official of the Tourism department told ‘The Pioneer’ here on Sunday.
The ropeway will ferry pilgrims from the base to the 258-metre high Lakshman hill within 2 minutes whereas it takes around 15-20 minutes to walk this distance.
There were around 500 stairs which the pilgrims have to climb to reach the top, the official added.
The ropeway has six cars — three going up and three coming down. Each car can accommodate six people and in one hour around 400 people can travel by the ropeway.
District Magistrate of Chitrakoot, Vishak G, said the company which constructed the ropeway was operating ropeways in Maihar and Haridwar.
In Chitrakoot, the ropeway has been constructed at a cost of Rs 12.5 crore.
Another ropeway is expected to come up in Vindhyachal region.