Traveling from the ropeway has always been considered a fun filled ride and when your cable car is crossing over the sea it’s fun gets doubled. Elephanta Island, Which is also known as the Gharapuri Island in ancient times is presently accessible through boats only from the Gateway of India, Mumbai. It takes approx an hour to reach the island.
This news has come from Mumbai that MbPT (Mumbai Port Trust) is going to construct a 8 km long ropeway system over the Arabian Sea, that will connect Mumbai to Elephanta island located in Raigad district. Ancient Elephanta caves comprise in UNESCO world heritage site and quite popular among tourists.
Mr. V.R. Jogalekar, spokesperson for Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) said that This transport system will be India’s longest ropeway over the sea and the project can take a minimum of 3 years of time to actually land on the ground after proper discussion and plan . The proposed ropeway will present a spectacular view of the shallows on the eastern coastline to the visitors particularly during the season when flamingos come out along with mangroves and the Mumbai Trans Harbor Link toward the north.
As indicated by the MbPT, the ride ought to take around 40 minutes, directing a 20-seater cable lift that will have also an en-route station. Currently, approx 5,000 inbound and domestic tourists visit the Elephanta island that is meagrely possessed, with most occupants being agriculturists and fishermen. Elephanta island is very famous for its two-day Elephanta Cultural Festival, monitored by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) for near three decades, which witnesses the best of performing artists. The venture will be a crucial move for tourism in this area.
Visitors can catch a toy train from core jetty and it will take all the passengers to the foot of the mountain, cover the distance of approx 600 meters. This is absolutely an additional fascinating feature of this region.
Last week, a pre-bid meeting was organized by MbPT about the cost of this project, which was attended by the representative of several companies, however, the final decision is yet to be made.
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