Parvatmala Project

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    • Recently, the Union Finance Minister announced National Ropeways Development Programme – “Parvatmala” while presenting Union Budget for 2022-23 .

    About Parvatmala Project

    • The Parvat Mala approach is driven by seven engines like roads, railways, airports, ports, mass transport, waterways and logistics infrastructure
      • These engines are complemented by the complementary roles of energy transmission, IT communication, bulk water and sewerage, and social infrastructure.
    • It will be taken up on PPP mode .
    • It will be a preferred ecologically sustainable alternative in place of conventional roads in difficult hilly areas.
    • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) will have responsibility for development of ropeway and alternative mobility solutions technology, as well as construction, research, and policy in this area.
      • In February 2021, the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules 1961 was amended, which enabled the MORTH to also look after the development of Ropeways and Alternate Mobility Solutions.

    Benefits/Significance

    • Ideal for difficult / challenging / sensitive terrain:
      • Long rope spans: The system crosses obstacles like rivers, buildings, ravines, or roads without a problem.
      • Ropes guided over towers: Low space requirements on the ground, and no barrier for humans or animals.
    • Economy: 
      • Given that ropeway projects are built in a straight line over a hilly terrain, it also results in lower land acquisition costs. 
    • Ropeway having multiple cars propelled by a single power-plant and drive mechanism. 
    • This reduces both construction and maintenance costs. The use of a single operator for an entire ropeway is a further saving, in labour cost.
    • Environmentally friendly: 
      • Low dust emissions. Material containers can be designed so as to rule out any soiling of the environment.

    Source: ANI