With no patrons for the formidable aerial ropeway challenge geared toward connecting the Sikh historic metropolis of Anandpur Sahib with the Hindu shrine of Naina Devi, the governments of Punjab and Himachal are set to drift recent tenders.

The division can even make adjustments within the situations of the crores of rupees ropeway challenge.

The Himachal authorities not too long ago made a bid for the ropeway challenge, for which a recent settlement was signed with the Punjab authorities in 2019. Nonetheless, it failed to search out any patrons.

The challenge has been hanging on for over a decade.

The ropeway challenge was conceived in 2009 to attach two locations of historic and non secular significance to Sikhs and Hindus – Anandpur Sahib in Punjab with Naina Devi located at an altitude of 1,177 meters on the Shivalik hills of Bilaspur district in Himachal.

Naina Devi is called the place the place Lord Shiva’s spouse Sati fell after her eyes have been set on fireplace and she or he was reduce into 51 items by the chakra of Vishnu. It’s believed that earlier than leaving for his navy marketing campaign in opposition to the Mughals in 1756, Guru Gobind additionally went to Naina Devi and carried out a yagya to hunt the blessings of the goddess. Greater than 30 lakh vacationers go to Naina Devi yearly and most of them are from Punjab.

Tourism secretary Subhashish Panda stated, “After we floated the tender, there was no bidder, the modalities and situations laid down within the tender will probably be reworked.” The Authorities of Himachal Pradesh and the Authorities of Punjab had began a three way partnership, Shri Anandpur Sahib, Shri Naina Devi Ropeway Restricted, which is headed by Extra Chief Secretary, Tourism, Authorities of Punjab.

The challenge was placed on maintain on account of variations between the then Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The primary Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the 2 states to implement the challenge was signed in July 2012 between Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The estimated price of the proposed challenge at the moment was 85 crores. The challenge was shelved in June 2014 when Congress took over. It was revived by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who signed a brand new MoU together with his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh in 2018.

The street distance between Anandpur Sahib and Naina Devi is 24.7 km and the ropeway challenge will scale back it to three.5 km. The proposed ropeway alignment includes three terminals, of which the decrease will probably be arrange in Punjab and the intermediate and higher terminals will probably be arrange in Himachal Pradesh. The ropeway could have the capability to cater for no less than 800 individuals per hour per route.

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