Uttarakhand Signs MOU to build ropeway to Yamunotri temple

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    • Recently, the Uttarakhand government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) worth ?167 crore for a ropeway to Yamunotri temple from Kharsali.

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    • The Ropeway will reduce the travel time of the temple to 15 minutes from four hours that pilgrims trek to the holy shrine.
    • Project Features
      • Estimated cost: Rs.12,000 crores.
      • Length of Ropeway: 3.38-km-long
      • Deadline: three years
      • Type: monocable detachable type
      • It will be able to carry 500 passengers in an hour. 
      • This ropeway will work on the public private partnership (PPE) model.
    • Yamunotri temple
      • It is lodged in a narrow gorge close to the source of River Yamuna (the second-most sacred Indian river after River Ganga) in Uttarkashi district and  is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. 

    Chardham Yatra

    • The Char Dham (meaning: four abodes) is a set of four pilgrimage sites in India.
    • The Char Dham as defined by Adi Shankaracharya consists of four Hindu pilgrimage sites.
    • The four Dhams are Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameswaram

    Chota Char Dham(Uttarakhand)

    • Another small circuit in Uttarakhand of four pilgrimage sites-Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath is referred to as Chota Char Dham which is locally popular in North India.
    • This Yatra or pilgrimage is a tour of four holy sites – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath – nestled high up in the Himalayas.
    • The high-altitude shrines remain shut for around six months every year, opening in summers (April or May) and closing with the onset of winter (October or November).

    About Chardham project:

    • The project involves developing and widening nearly 900-km of national highways connecting the holy Hindu pilgrimage sites of; Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.
    • The foundation stone for the Char Dham road project was laid by PM Narendra Modi in December 2016.

    Source:TH