Residents oppose ropeway to Bijli Mahadev in Kullu

Current Affairs

  • The Bijli Mahadev Ropeway is witnessing heavy opposition. Hundreds of residents of Kharal and Kashawari valleys took out a protest march from Sarwari to Dhalpur against the setting up of the ropeway.
  • They raised slogans against the government and demanded that the project should be shunned altogether. They also submitted a memorandum to the Kullu DC.
  • Puid panchayat president Sarchand Thakur said about 300 trees were earmarked to be axed for the ropeway but green felling will not be allowed.
  • He said that even the Supreme Court had given strict orders against green felling though the local MLA was boasting that the FCA clearance had been obtained within seven days.
  • He alleged that the kardar had been pressurised by the MLA to give consent to the ropeway.
  • “Only the ropeway company and a few others getting commission will be benefited and the ropeway will be of no good to the locals,” he said, adding that instead, road connectivity should be improved in the region to boost the economy of the area and generate self-employment opportunities.
  • A 2.7-km-long ropeway at a cost of Rs 240 crore is proposed from Pirdi near Kullu to Bijli Mahadev on top of the Kharal hill opposite Kullu town.
  • Eight companies participated in the tenders invited by the National Highways Logistics Management Limited (NHLML), Company of the Government of India, which were opened on April 17 and were being technically examined.

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