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J-K Governor inaugurates Bhawan-Bhairon Ghati ropeway at Vaishno Devi

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Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, on Monday, e-inaugurated the Bhawan-Bhairon Passenger Ropeway. The ropeway would connect the Vaishno Devi shrine to Bhairon temple and will facilitate the pilgrims to visit the steeply-located Bhairon temple.

With the launch of the ropeway, now the passengers can reach the temple in about 3 minutes at a reasonable cost of Rs 100 per person. The ropeway has a carrying capacity of 800 persons per hour.

The 85-crore project has been executed by a consortium of Garaventa AG, Switzerland and Damodar Ropeways Construction Co. (P) Ltd., Kolkata under the supervision of RITES Ltd.

Malik is also the Chairman of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. He praised the officers and engineers involved in the project and also advised the Shrine Board to make the service hassle-free.

Also, the Shrine Board has approved an additional life insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh for ropeway passengers, over and above the cover of Rs 5 lakh already available to the pilgrims.

The Shrine board has set up a  ticketing hall with automated fare collection system counters. Also, there are turnstile barrier gates, stairs, and a ramp leading to the ropeway station and other associated facilities for the pilgrims. The ropeway is a bi-cable jig-back system with two spacious cabins with a carrying capacity of 40-45 persons per cabin in one go. It has a facility of complete power back up.

The ropeway project was started in 2013.

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