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Timely completion of Patnitop Ropeway Project in limbo

Young Bites. Dated: 1/11/2018 11:09:14 AM


SUMEET KARNAL SHARMA
Udhampur, Jan 10
It may come as a surprise but the much-hyped Patnitop cable car project does not find any way for completion within the timeframe. Callous and careless approach had been shown since very long by Tourism Department and State Government to facilitate Patnitop with modern tourism project, which is shameful as Patnitop always being popular tourist spot in Jammu Province, and for the same, it demands focused attention from the government.
Whereas, The much-delayed Patnitop Ropeway Project has become the dream of J&K tourism or the local peoples of Patnitop and it was delayed as the Hyderabad-based firm allotted work to construct it has refused to start the work and the government again planning to issue fresh Expression of Interest (EOI).
However, in a written reply in the Legislative Assembly Since two years back to a question by Member legislative Dina Nath Bhaghat from Chenani Constituency of Udhampur district, the Minister In charge, Tourism said that Patnitop Ropeway Project was conceived and approved in 2014. A Detailed Project Report (DPR) was got prepared through M/S Doppel Mayor, an Austrian company. He added that a series of meetings were held with PRRL to start the work at the earliest but the concerning authorities has been failed to completed this project on the till date even they have done only basement of this project within two years
Notably, he added that the company instead sought a grant in aid to the tune of Rs 60-65 crore to be provided by the state government. From the discussion in the meetings with PRRL in that year, it appears that the firm is not interested in executing the project, the Minister said, adding that it has now been decided to issue fresh EOI for executing the project Since two year back but utpo till date the construction of projected was not completed
It is pertinent to mention here that ropeway project for famous tourist spot Patnitop was awarded to M/S Nagarguna Construction Company Limited, Hyderabad who formed a special purpose vehicle by the name of M/S Patnitop Ropeway and Resorts Limited (PRRL) for construction of the ropeway.
The environment clearance for the project was granted on January 24, 2012, followed by clearance from Wildlife Protection Department on March 20, 2013. The Supreme Court gave its concurrence on August 29, 2014, and subsequently, State Forest Advisory Committee cleared the project on March 9, 2015. But it was delayed by hardboard firm allotted work to construct and it has refused to Work However before it to issue fresh Expression of Interest (EOI).again two year back but it is also failed to complete the construction work of ropeway project on the till dated. When contacted BJP MLA Dina Nath Bhagat, he said that the work in is progress on the same project and we are looking forward to get it completed until Middle of the next year.

 

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