Shimla-Jakhu rope way to commission soon

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The Shimla Jakhu rope way likely to be commission soon as the alignment trail on the first of its kind ropeway in the town conducted successful rolling of two cable cars on the span up and down today.

The local Cable Manager of Jagson International Limited Mr. Rakesh Sharma told that the alignment survey was done on two par span simultaneously rolling the cable car up and down. Cable car takes off from the 13 story building near Shivalik Hotel and it goes up to Jakhu Hanuman shrine covering nearly 400 meters distance 200 meter above the ground.

The cable elevates from a very low elevation to the top of mountain passing above the buildings and Deodar trees. He said that trail would last for 15 days before firm would take safety clearance to commission it to the people. He said that Rope way booking office and elevators are being under construction on the war footing before commission this project in the near season.

The Project targeted to be commissioned by year 2008-2009 facing controversies regarding the two additional storeys raised illegally finally seems to be ready for execution. Against the 11 storeys initially proposed, the company had increased the structure to 13 storeys on the pretext that it would avoid felling of forest trees.

An attempt had been made to commission the project last year in month of December when one cable car came hurtling down a house as seven more hung precariously when the cable of Jakhu ropeway slipping from eight power span. No one was hurt in the mishap occurred during trial check of alignment with eight cable cars on the rope, four going up and four coming down.

Each cable cars weigh about 480 kg was imported from the Swish firm. The rope way is considered as an important project as this town records footfall of about 40 lakh tourists per annum which is highest in the state even more than tourists resort Manali.

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