October 16, 2015 10:11 pm

Five months on: Makhdoom Sahib (RA) ropeway still defunct

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation (JKCCC) has failed to persuade the Kolatta-based private company to replace the defective and inferior components of much-hyped Makhdoom Sahib Ropeway in old Srinagar city that has been defunct since May this year.

Constructed at a cost of around Rs 8 crore, the 550 metre ropeway was built by Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation (JKCCC) through Kolkatta-based Ropeway and Resorts Pvt Ltd and it was inaugurated by the then Rural and Development Minister Ali Muhammad Sagar during the previous government on 23 December 2013.

The ropeway that has been designed to ferry 275 passengers per hour at a speed of three metres per second has proved a white-elephant for the State Exchequer. “This ropeway was built under political pressure and it was only aimed to get political mileage. Besides the intervention from some political leaders, the officials at the helm of affair that time didn’t even bother to check the components used in the ropeway,” said an employee of the Cable Car Corporation.

According to sources, despite being in warranty, the Kolkatta-based company is reluctant to replace the inferior defective components. “Corporation has been making no efforts now after the Company refused to replace the defective components. It has been five months now and still the ropeway is out of order.”

Forget about recovering revenue loss of Rs one lakh per month from the said Company, the Company is in no mood to make the ropeway functional. “The officials of the Cable Car Corporation are in a fix. The Corporation is mulling to approach some other private company for the replacement of the defective components. The Corporation has not even received the reply in response to its communiqué to the company,” said an Official from Corporation.

Pertinently, JKCCC General Manager Badarudin Jamali soon after the closure of the ropeway in May 2015 had claimed that it will be made operational after a month.


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