SRINAGAR: It has been five years since the Verinag ropeway project was conceived, but not even its tenders have taken off. Now, the fate of the project will be decided by the board of directors of the J&K State Cable Car Corporation (JKSCCC).
The project, aimed at boosting tourism to south Kashmir, was conceived in 2013 by the Omar Abdullah-led government. Three times tenders were invited, but only once did a company show interest, and even that led to nothing.
“No one came for the project, except once. It was not enough for us to give the project to that company,” said Jamali, General Manager of JKSCCC. “Now we will be letting the company’s board of directors know about it. They will take the final decision.”
The ropeway was planned to take tourists from Verinag to a nearby park. It was part of the ambitious project to create a new tourist circuit: Verinag–Khanabal–Kokernag–Simthan.
The project was designed for 400 PPH capacity with two clusters having 4 cabins each, a double capacity expected to suffice for future needs.
“The cost of the project is less than Rs 20 crore. It was a good project. Though financially a number of companies have the capacity to take it up, very few of them have the technical qualification for it. Why Indian companies have not shown interest in it is something that I cannot say. The tenders were invited from them, too,” Jamali said.