Varanasi: The Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) is now planning to start a fresh study to prepare feasibility report of the proposed Metro rail service, it will also explore the possibility of introducing cable cars in the densely populated areas of Varanasi.
According to VDA Secretary Vishal Singh, “The Varanasi Development Authority (VDA) has recently paid Rs 81 lakhs to RITES for preparing the feasibility report of Metro rail service proposed in the city. While preparing this feasibility, RITES will also explore the possibility of introduction of cable cars for MRTS in densely populated areas with the help of an Austria-based company, which is global leader in ropeway technology. As per Metro feasibility studies, RITES can also revise the already prepared detailed project report (DPR) of Metro Rail.”
Singh further said a representative of an Austria-based company has been consulted in view of the success of cable cars in densely populated old cities of Europe and other continents, which match the conditions of Varanasi. He added that apart from other benefits like zero pollution, focus is now on this mode of MRTS.
The Austrian company has conveyed to VDA that up to 80 passengers can be accommodated in a cable car and through ropeway technology, it is possible to transport 12,000 persons every hour while the cost of construction is also very low.
In 2015, then chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had announced the Metro Rail project for Varanasi and Kanpur. As per VDA records, in January 2015 the state government assigned RITES to prepare a feasibility report and DPR of the Metro Rail project for Varanasi.
The state government made VDA the nodal agency for the project while LMRC officials were given coordinating roles. In May 2015, an agreement was signed between VDA and RITES.