Worshipers Losses Reignite Demand for Yamunotri Ropeway | Dehradun News

Uttarkashi: The deaths of 24 pilgrims on the route of the Yamunotri trek since the temple gates opened on May 3 has reignited longstanding demands to build a cable car to the revered shrine. The community of priests and social activists point out that efforts to build a cable car from the village of Kharsali (the winter residence of Goddess Yamuna) to Garudganga (500 meters before the Yamunotri shrine) began in 2006, but work construction never started.
“Pilgrims have to trek five kilometers to reach Yamunotri Shrine. Elderly pilgrims and those not acclimatized to high altitude conditions are more vulnerable to developing health issues during the trek. Therefore, work on the project cable car should start at the earliest,” said Pawan Uniyal, a member of the Priest Community. He added: “Most of the deaths of pilgrims are due to heart problems. If not for the negligence of the state and central government, the 3.7 km long cable car (air distance) would have been built a long time ago and some of these fatalities could have been avoided. In fact, the people of Kharsali village even donated 1.5 hectares of land for the cable car project, but not a single stone has been laid in the name of the construction even after 16 years.
Echoing a similar opinion, Dinesh Rawat, a social activist from Barkot, said: “The five kilometer trek is narrow and steep. In addition, pilgrims mounted on ponies or palanquins cause traffic jams on the road. Also, people will stop coming to Yamunotri shrine if the death toll of pilgrims continues to rise. Thus, the construction of a cable car is necessary to allow people of all ages to comfortably visit the sanctuary. Meanwhile, Uttarkashi District Magistrate Abhishek Ruhela said, “A proposal has already been sent to the state government by the tourism department. In addition, a team of experts also come to conduct field survey for Yamunotri Ropeway on May 29. We hope that the construction works will start soon. »

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