Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government
will submit the much-touted ropeway project at Patnitop hill
resort in the state, to the Environment Ministry for seeking
the mandatory clearance for it in consultation with the state
The fate of the project, the first of its kind in the
state involving construction and operation of a passenger
aerial ropeway project and associated facilities at villages
Kud-Sangote-Karla, (Patnitop) in Udhampur, has been hanging in
balance since 2007.
The 2.6 km-long aerial ropeway with 23 trolleys will
pass through Dudu forest range and is almost one-km away from
Sudhmahadev Conservation Reserve in the state and is being
developed by NCCL on Behalf of the Patnitop Development
"As it is located in 10 kilometre area of the nearest
Dudu forest range, the PDA has already got the updated
Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management
Plan (EIA/EMP) of the project done by the Environmental
Science Department of Jammu University," an official spokesman
Steps have been taken by the PDA and state government
in view of protests and dharnas by business community,
hoteliers and people against alleged failure of the government
in initiating development projects, including Ropeway and
Sewerage Treatment Plant, despite sanction several years ago.
He said that government has taken several measures to
accelerate the execution of various proposed tourism projects
to add to the attraction of the tourist resort.
At present there are some prestigious projects in
pipeline for the development and conservation of areas falling
under the PDA which include Ropeway project, project for the
development of Sanasar-Natha Top Tourist Destinations under
Prime Ministers Reconstruction Plan, Sewerage Treatment Plant
at Patnitop, Fire and Emergency Service Station at Patnitop
and construction of Karlah-Gourikund road, spokesman said.