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Austrian firm offers ropeway between metro stations

To cost 50% less than a travelator, says Doppelmayr

Megha Manchanda  |  New Delhi 

DMRC, Delhi metro, metro
DMRC | Representative image

An Austria-based ropeway manufacturer has used the route to offer connectivity between Delhi on separate lines. has told the (DMRC) it can connect two stations via a ropeway at half the cost of travelators. In the national capital, the travelator model is being implemented to connect the Airport Express Line with the under-construction Pink Line at the Dhaula Kuan station. The facility is expected by the middle of next year. “A ropeway for the same purpose can be executed at 50 per cent of the cost of a travelator,” Vikram Singhal, executive director & chief executive officer, India Private Ltd, told Business Standard. The company has shortlisted as many as 26 spots on various across Delhi where there is a potential for a ropeway. "We have also approached with our proposal to implement the ropeway projects on EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) basis." The proposal came through the method, a route approved by the Cabinet in 2015. Under this system, a private player can submit a plan to develop an infrastructure project even if it has not received an invitation from the government. wants to work on station connectivity between Shivaji Park and Punjabi Bagh stations on a pilot basis. The has not yet approved the Austrian manufacturer’s proposal.

A official who did not wish to be named said, “We are yet to decide on the prospect of a ropeway for station connectivity as we need to study the safety aspect of it.” Experts said financial viability of the ropeway or a cable car can be ascertained from the fact that such infrastructure was functioning in countries such as Algeria and Bolivia. A ropeway or a cable car be a tool in the multi-modal transportation mix and can also be leveraged for tourism in hilly regions, they added. India Private Ltd is the domestic subsidiary of Doppelmayr/Garaventa group, which is engaged in ropeway engineering and operates production plants as well as sales and service centers in more than 40 countries. The group has done more than 14,800 installations in 92 nations, according to its website. The might invite expressions of interest for ropeway construction from private engaged in the business. Typically, the implementation of a ropeway project takes 11-18 months.

First Published: Tue, December 26 2017. 01:12 IST