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Dharamsala To Have World’s First Skyway Transport Facility

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Skyway is an elevated light-rail transportation system with suspended carbon-fibre cars moving at high speed on steel rails. (Image courtesy: Goolge)

Dharamsala will be the first city in the world to have suspended “skyway” transport system, which will become operational within three years.

Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma said the feasibility of a high-speed “skyway link” between Dharamsala and Shimla was also being studied.

An agreement was signed by the Himachal Pradesh Government with Sky Way Technology Corporation of Belarus in Delhi.

The facility will be developed in two phases in the radius of 15 kilometers in Dharamsala.

In the first phase, 8 km-long air way will be constructed for which the work would start in three months, whereas the remaining work will be completed in the second phase.

Sharma said a train-like bogie with a capacity of six passengers would run at a speed of 50 km per hour and the passenger would have to spend Rs 60 for travelling a distance of 15 km.

Around 20,000 passengers will be able to take benefit of the sky-way travel facility daily.

Skyway is an elevated light-rail transportation system with suspended carbon-fibre cars moving at high speed on steel rails.

Sharma added that skyway technology was ideal for the hilly terrain in Himachal Pradesh, where train, metro and monorail were not practical.

He said a high-speed link to connect Dharamsala with the state capital Shimla would also be built.

The minister said Rs 38 crore would be spent on developing one km sky-way.

The facility would not only benefit the tourists, but also the locals. The people would also be able to transport their goods through this facility.

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