Govt approves Patnitop Aerial Ropeway project

SRINAGAR: The government’s Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) Monday approved the Patnitop Aerial Ropeway to be set up in the state’s Udhampur forest division.
The approval was granted by the committee, headed by Chief Secretary (CS) Iqbal Khandey, in its 87th meeting, an official handout issued here said.
“The Ropeway from Kud Sangkote to Karla (Patnitop) involves use of 0.9 hectare forest land. However, the ropeway will be going over the forest area to safeguard trees…,” it said, adding that the project already has the clearance from the Supreme Court of India and Ministry of Environment.
Meanwhile, the FAC also approved use of forest land for the 1.65 MW Dadibal Mini-Hydel project in Anantnag forest division of Kashmir, 2 MW Bultikalan Mini-Hydel project in Sindh forest division, and 1.6 MW Rayil Mini Hydel project, with directions from the CS to ensure “strict monitoring of muck dumping sites and safeguarding aquatic life by taking steps to allow fish passage”, the handout said.
The FAC also gave nod to several PMGSY road projects falling in Nowshera, Reasi, Ramban, Mahore and Batote forest divisions of Jammu region, it said.