Pune's tourist spots Rajgad Fort and Ekvira Devi Temple to get ropeway 

The government has signed two ‘Memorandum of Understandings’ (MoUs) with the Indian Port Rail and Ropeway Corporation Limited (IPRCL) to provide ropeway at the popular tourist spots of Maharashtra Shri Ekvira Devi Temple and Rajgad Fort located in Pune. 

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Maharastra's ministry of tourism has announced some new exciting news for travellers as the state recently unlocked and opened its doors for tourism following the new five-level plan. The government has signed two ‘Memorandum of Understandings’ (MoUs) with the Indian Port Rail and Ropeway Corporation Limited (IPRCL) to provide ropeway at the popular tourist spots of Maharashtra Shri Ekvira Devi Temple and Rajgad Fort located in Pune. 

The ropeway project which is worth Rs. 200 crores will be the pilot project by the Tourism government, based on Build Operate Transfer (BOT) model. 

Shedding more light about the projects and the selected destinations Dr Dhananjay Sawalkar, Director, Directorate of Tourism said that Ekvira Devi is a popular pilgrimage place and has nearby tourist attractions like Karla caves nearby. The temple witnesses 7 to 8 lakh tourists annually. Similarly, Rajgad fort has historical significance as it was the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Hindavi Swarajya and is also a popular destination for trekking expedition. Hence, with the development of ropeway, the places will be easily accessible for the tourists.

In a statement Aaditya Thackeray, Minister of Tourism, Maharashtra mentioned that these two MoUs are going to encourage tourism in the state thereby boosting responsible and sustainable tourism practices across the State. We look forward to starting these projects in the next year.

Valsa Nair Singh, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism said as the state has entered the global market by conducted an International Agri-tourism conference, which was attended by the representatives of around 20 to 25 countries. It gives him immense pleasure to know that DoT has selected IPRCL and MCDC for these projects as they are already acing in their respective fields and will deliver what is expected.

Adding further, Anil Kumar Gupta, Director, IPRCL asserted that a ropeway project requires very little land acquisition, is cost-effective and eco-friendly. It will be profitable for the tourism sector in Maharashtra.