Guwahati, March 13: Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday announced a ropeway project to the Kamakhya Hill top keeping in a view of attracting more tourists to the state and also the tourists visiting the temple.
The aerial ropeway would be connecting from Guwahati city to the hill top as planned by the Tourism department.
The Minister was speaking at the Assam Legislative Assembly today. As announced a sum of Rs 33 crore has been earmarked for the Kamakhya ropeway project.
It may be mentioned that although the government had earlier announced an aerial ropeway project between the north and south banks of Brahmaputra river connecting Guwahati city to North Guwahati where the said project was reportedly slated to be completed by July 2018.
However, Sarma, today announced that the overall ropeway project would be completed by 2019.
The project has been undertaken by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) with a budget estimate of Rs 56.08 crore.
As reported the ropeway would be almost 1,820 meters long and has two terminals.
The Lower Terminal will be at Panbazar in front of Nehru Park and the Upper Terminal will be at Rajadwar village behind Dolgovinda Temple.
The travel time by the ropeway for crossing the river will be 436 seconds which is 7.26 minutes. It would be carrying 250 persons per hour and 30 persons per trip.
Inputs: Jyotish Pawan Bordoloi