Jammu: The shrine board of Vaishno Devi, one of the most respected Hindu temples in the country, has approved two major ropeway projects. The two projects - passenger ropeway between Bhawan (shrine) and Bhairon Temple and material ropeway between Siar Dabri (near Katra) and Bhawan - would cost Rs 65 crore.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by J&K Governor NN Vohra on Friday in New Delhi.

According to the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SASB), the establishment of the passenger ropeway between Bhawan (shrine) and Bhairon Temple will cost over Rs 55 crore, while the material ropeway between Siar Dabri (near Katra) and Bhawan would involve an expenditure of about Rs 10 crore.

The work on these projects is targeted to be completed within two years.

The matters related to travel management and ongoing silver jubilee celebrations were also discussed in the meeting that lasted nearly three hours. This includes, cleaning project from Ban Ganga, additional toilets, schemes for board staff and their children.

The board also emphasized on the ongoing plantation drive on the pilgrimage route and the surrounding areas.

The board has also raised the point to construct an emergency helipad on the lower track between Adhkwari and Bhawan for air lifting pilgrims in emergency like critical illness or injury.

(JPN/Bureau)