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India’s longest ropeway project over the sea, which connects Mumbai with the Elephanta Caves, the longest ropeway project in India, will be cleared soon! Recently, a meeting was held between Union Tourism and Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel and Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Shipping Minister, where assurance was given promising full support and cooperation on the project.
This project is all set to be India’s first and longest ropeway project over the sea and will be carried out by the Mumbai Port Trust which falls under the Ministry of Shipping, as per a report in Indian Express.
The report also adds that, with this project, tourism will get a major boost with 14-minute ride by the 30-seater cable cars. Also, it involves the installation of 8-11 towers mid-sea, which will be each 50 metres to 150 metres tall.
With an annual footfall of around 7 lakhs, The Elephanta Caves are one of the must-visit places in Mumbai. As of now, it takes nearly an hour for the 10-km cruise from Mumbai and vice versa.
The Elephanta caves which are located on the Elephanta Islands, off the coast of Mumbai, was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. Owing to this, clearance will have to be taken from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as well as from the Indian Navy, the Coast Guard and the Ministry of Environment.
After all the necessary approvals do come in, construction work will commence on the Rs 700-crore project. As things stand right now, this project is slated to begin by the end of this year and will take around 42 months to be completed. As per sources in the tourism ministry, this 14-minute ride by 30-seater cable cars will be a massive upgrade for the tourism industry.