Vaishno Devi Bhawan - Bhairan Ghati ropeway in final stage of completion

Vaishno Devi Bhawan – Bhairan Ghati ropeway in final stage of commissioning

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The Vaishno Devi Bhawan-Bhairon passenger ropeway will be commissioned soon with a team of experts carrying out final trial runs and other safety tests, a senior official said here Wednesday.

Besides trial and testing of the passenger ropeway, mock rescue and evacuation drills are also being conducted, simultaneously the shrine board staffers are being trained during the ongoing week-long session.

The drill was part of the mandatory trial and testing procedures which are required to be conducted before the final commissioning of the project.M/s Garaventa, the Swiss Company which has designed and executed the entire state of the art project, conducted the drill and trained the Shrine Board team for undertaking the drill which could be necessitated in the rarest eventuality of carrying out an evacuation operation.

The equipment and cabins of the ropeway have been imported from Switzerland, officials said, adding that the ropeway system was being fully equipped as per relevant safety standards.

The ropeway has a carrying capacity of 800 persons per hour. Pilgrims, particularly the elderly and the disabled, can now have a comfortable journey to the shrine to pay obeisance to the presiding deity at Bhaironji Temple, which was earlier difficult due to the steep climb at an altitude of 6,600 feet, they said.