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Posted: Aug 14 2018 (08:07)

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Aug 14 2018 (08:07)   Matheran: Residents worried as preparation for ropeway construction starts

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After being on the drawing board for almost two decades, the construction of Bhivpuri-Matheran ropeway is set to begin post-monsoon, after receiving the environment and stage II forest clearance from the Centre. However, Matheran residents are worried about the impact of the project on the eco-sensitive hill station.
Matheran Ropeway Private Limited (MRPL) claimed that the soil testing report — prepared by an expert and authenticated by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) — had declared it safe to construct a ropeway. “The residents can be rest assured that we are using the best technology here,” said an MRPL source.
an activist on condition of anonymity said, “Most of the people visiting Matheran are middle-class families and will not be able to afford a ropeway journey. Then why build a project of which 94 per cent is on forest land.”
Hema Ramani, project manager of Bombay Environmental Action Group (BEAG), said: “Lords Garden, the point at which the ropeway ends in Matheran, is a small area and will see an influx of machinery when they construct there. It will also be encroaching on an open area. Matheran is barely 7.25 sq km area and there is so much pressure on it.”
However, some environmental experts also believe that a ropeway is the safest project for the area. “It is better than having motor vehicles travelling on the hill. It is the least damaging project as the tourists do not interact with the flora and fauna and in the night it will not be operational allowing free movement of the animals at night,” said Stalin Dayanand, Director, NGO Vanashakti.
To be constructed around two kilometres from the Bhivpuri Road railway station in Bhutavalli village, the MRPL has also asked the government to construct the access road to it. “Proper access to the project site is critical and the company may have to reconsider its decision to construct the ropeway if the approach road issue is not resolved soon,” said sources within the TATA Realty and Infrastructure Limited.
The 4.6 km-ropeway will consist of three stations with a transit at Garbett point.

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