Gwalior: The politics seems to be warming up on the construction of ropeway at the historical site Durg in Madhya Pradesh as leaders of the ruling BJP and the Congress clashed during a public hearing on the issue on Wednesday.

While the leaders of the BJP have been pitching for the project, the Congress is opposing the proposal over location of one of the terminals of the ropeway. However, three former Mayors (belonging to Congress) are in support of the project.

The Gwalior Municipal Corporation, in collaboration with a private company, is planning a ropeway terminal at Durg for which the Indian Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Environment Department had given their nod on the condition of taking people’s response to know the claims and objections of the public.

The public hearing was held in the presence of District Magistrate Akash Tripathi on Wednesday. A large number of people supported the project including Mayor Samiksha Gupta and GDA Vice Chairman Rakesh Jadon.

However, Congress legislator Pradyumn Singh Tomar along with Congress leader Ramesh Agarwal objected to the project and asked for changing the location of the terminal.

The discussion soon turned into heated arguments and the situation could be brought under control only after intervention of the public.

It is to be noted that a portion of the ropeway terminal is to be constructed on the pass of the Scindia School. Even though the school has expressed its objection, the administration has already handed over the land for the ropeway.

Now, the Congress leaders are pressing for the change of the location of the lower terminal at Phool Bagh. The final decision in this regard is expected to be based on the conclusion of the public hearing.

(JPN/Bureau)