India’s first Ropeways Public Transport System to soon start in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency, Varanasi will become the country’s first city to have Public Transport Ropeway by 2023 end. Varanasi is one of the oldest cities of India, and overall the city will be the third city in the world after Bolivia and Mexico City to use ropeway in public transportation. 

The total cost of the ropeway project is estimated to be Rs 424 crore. When the passengers wish to travel through the town, the ropeway is now ready to transmit them. The total distance of 4.2 km will be covered in just 15 minutes.

Once the project is completed, the ropeway welcomes tourists and commuters boarding cable cars. The ropeway will be connecting between Varanasi Junction (popularly known as Varanasi Cantt) railway station and Girjaghar-Godowliya and the time to cross the area is around 15 minutes, Indian Express reported.

India’s first public transport ropeway at Varanasi is expected to save time and money for tourists who encounter traffic jams while traveling to one of the oldest cities in the world, known as the Gateway to Eastern India. If the plan works, then the PPP model project on a pilot basis will begin its service after December 13, as it is the day expected to be laid its foundation by Prime Minister Modi.

“Passengers will be able to travel up to the other end station Girjaghar Crossing (just around a km from the Ganga Ghats) along with their luggage in the cable cars. The 220 cable cars will speedily take the passengers overhead 3.6 km to the second terminal in just 15 minutes time,” said the Varanasi Development Authority (VDA) vice-chairman Isha Duhan.

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Besides having the features, all the overhead stations will be based on themes of Varanasi’s culture, art, and religion and it will be operated 16 hours daily. Moreover, the ropeway will render speedy and easy connectivity, particularly to tourist hotspots, including Kashi Vishwanath temple, Ganga Ghats, and Bharat Mata Temple.