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GoI brings Ropeways and Alternate Mobility Solutions under Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

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Ropeways and Alternate Mobility Solutions to be under MORTHGovernment of India (GoI) has brought Ropeways and Alternate Mobility Solutions (such as Ropeway, Cable Car, Funicular Railway & Electric Public transport) under the ambit of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) by amending the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961.

  • MoRTH will now be responsible for development, construction, research and policy formulation in Ropeways and Alternate Mobility Solutions.
  • Besides this, it will also be the main body for formulation of institutional, financial, and regulatory framework for the concerned sectors.
  • It will help India in the development of sustainable alternative mobility solutions in the transport sector for urban, hilly and will ensure last mile connectivity.

i.Major Benefits:

  • Reduction of congestion on Main Stream Roads
  • Ensure last mile connectivity for remote locations
  • Help in development of World-Class ropeway infrastructure
  • Will pave way for introduction of new technology like CPT – Cable Propelled Transit in India
  • To set safe norms for unregulated ropeways
  • Ease the transportation of Freights & Goods at remote stations
  • Regulating Tariffs structure for the technology

ii.According to estimates, there are 65 ropeway projects in India, out of which only 22 are successful.

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About Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH):

Union Minister – Nitin Gadkari (Member of Lok Sabha – Constituency – Nagpur, Maharashtra)
Minister of State – V K Singh (Member of Lok Sabha – Constituency – Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh)