The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will, from now on, also look after the development of Ropeways and Alternate Mobility Solutions. The move is expected to give a boost to the sector, by setting up a regulatory regime, and facilitating research and new technology to come into this sector. An amendment to the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 has been notified, to enable this step.
This means that the Ministry will have responsibility for development of ropeway technology, as well as construction, research, and policy in this area. Formulation of institutional , financial, and regulatory framework for the technology will also fall under the ambit of this move. So far, there has been no systematic regulation of this sector.
The important benefits of this steps could be :
Last mile connectivity for remote locations
Reducing congestion on mainstream roads
Chance to develop worldclass ropeway infrastructure
Setting up of an organised and dedicated ropeway industry
New technology, like CPT – Cable Propelled Transit coming to the sector
Setting safety norms for unregulated ropeways
Allowing freight and goods at remote stations
Regulating tariffs structure for the technology
According to estimates, there are 65 ropeway projects in India, of which only 22 are successful. Responding to the development,Union Minister for MSME & Road Transport and Highways , Sh. Nitin Gadkari said the move will enable the sector to come up in a systematic way.