HARIDWAR (Metro Rail news): Haridwar to becomes podcars & Ropways for Rishikesh and Dehradun . The holy city of Haridwar will soon have laser-guided automated podcards in the country Ferrying Devotees & Tourists across the city while neighbouring Rishikesh and Dehradun will get ropways, making commute in the hilly terrains easier, this according to a memorandum of understanding signed by the Uttarakhand government with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. to be ideal by a state level committee.
According to the Delhi metro official Podcars & Ropeways systems save costs and space and are just right for cities like Haridwar and Rishikesh, situated on the banks of the Ganges and surrounded by hilly terrains and reserved forests.
Kaushik said “We assessed the viability and cost effectiveness of the Podcar & Ropeway system in the European countries and found them suitable for Haridwar. For different cities we will be opting for varied transport systems suiting local geographical and traffic needs”.
The personalised podcar corridor for Haridwar will be 8-km in length covering sanctum sanctorum of Brahamkund, Har-Ki-Pauri, to suburban Jwalapur and will have a total of 11 stations.
Som Dutt Sharma Director of DMRC for business development said a podcar is like a personal taxi that can accommodate six passengers at a time and is operated through a laser-guided system.
DMRC has been handed out a cheque for Rs 13.65 lakh to carry out onsite assessment and other modalities before it submits the detailed project report (DPR) to the state government in four months time.
The planned Ropeway project will ferry people from one side of the Ganges to the other, relieving the pressure on the suspension bridge, Ramjhula. Laxman Jhula, another popular 96- year-old suspension bridge was recently declared unsafe and closed down.
Rishikesh has two existing ropeways, both about four decades old, carrying people to the shrines of Mata Mansa Devi and Mata Chandi Devi, located on opposite sides of the river. A ropeway system will also be operated in Dehradun.