Himachal,Punjab sign MoU for ropeway between Shri Naina Devi –Shri Anandpur Sahib
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Governments of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab States to enter into an agreement to connect prominent shrines of Sri Naina Devi jee in Himachal Pradesh with Sri Anandpur Sahib, in Punjab State, with ropeway, as joint venture project. The MoU was signed in the gracious presence of Chief Ministers of both the States, Sardar Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab and Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. Dr. Arun Sharma, Director of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Himachal Pradesh signed the MoU on behalf of the Himachal Pradesh Government and Dr. K.S. Sra, Director of Tourism Punjab on behalf of the Punjab Government, in a prestigious ceremony organised in the Darbar Hall of Peterhoff here today.
The ropeway will be 3,751 meters, out of which 274.582 meters area fall in Punjab State and 3,476.435 meter area in Himachal Pradesh. The project is estimated to cost Rs. 85 crore to be shared on 50:50 basis by both the States and will be completed in three years time.
Sardar Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab expressed happiness for signing the MOU which would further strengthen the bond of brotherhood between both the States. He said that it had been the result of meetings held by both the States at different level which had now taken final shape to execute the project. He said that about 70lakh devotees visit Sri Naina Devi jee every year out of which 90 percent visit Sri Anandpur Sahib. He said that the project was bound to reduce air and noise pollution caused by the vehicles carrying devotees to Sri Naina Devi jee and instead enjoy ropeway ride to and fro Sri Anandpur Sahib.