Shimla/ June 15
Finally Himachal and Punjab governments have agreed to construct much awaited ropeway project connecting the religious shrines of Anandpur Sahib and Shri Naina Devi. With the objective to promote the religious tourism in both states of Himachal and Punjab, a meeting of chief secretaries of both states was held here on Friday.
In the meeting it was agreed to construct and develop the ropeway between the religious shrines of Anandpur Sahib and Naina Devi in private public partnership mode and bear all expenses on equal basis.
It is worth mentioning that every year lakhs of tourists are visiting both these religious shrines every year, which comprises a large proportion from Punjab. An expenditure of Rs. 100 crore has been estimated on the completion of this 2223 meters long ropeway connecting these two shrines. About 55 percent of the total area of this project is lying in Himachal, while 45 percent is in Punjab.
Chief Secretary Punjab Rakesh Sharma, Chief Secretary HP Sudripto Roy, Principal Secretary Tourism, Manisha Nanda, Principal Secretary Revenue, Deepak Shanan and other high officials of concerned departments participated in the meeting.
Sources said that in the meeting it was decided to invite the tenders in the month of July or August for this project. It was also decided to constitute a authority who will look into the acquisition process of land meant for this project. The cost of acquisition of land would also be borne by the both states on fify- fifty basis.
This project is expected to boost the tourism activities in both states and tourists will also be facilitated as they won’t have to travel long by road to reach the religious shrine of Shri Naina Devi.