South India's longest ropeway across Thamarassery Churam would be realised in 2025, assures Riyas

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Thiruvananthapuram: The proposed rope way to bypass the traffic-struck Thamarassery Ghat Road would be realised by 2025, said public works minister PA Mohamed Riyas here on Monday.

The minister was speaking at a meeting of MLAs, political party leaders and office bearers of various organisations here.

The Detailed Project Report was already submitted. Land conversion in the project area is in its final stage. A meeting of the forest minister and department officials from forest, tourism and revenue will be convened soon, the minister said.

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The construction of the areal tramway will be undertaken by Western Ghats Limited, controlled by the Wayanad Chamber of Commerce. The ropeway will be 3.7 km long. It can accommodate 40 cars. Rs 150 crore is the estimated cost. The government has already acquired 10 acre of land in Adivaram and 1.75 acre in Lakkidi.

It will be South India's longest ropeway. It will improve the tourism prospects of Wayanad and Kozhikode districts. It can also resolve traffic issues on the Ghat road to some extent.

The Kerala government has also proposed an alternative to the Ghat road- a tunnel. The environmental impact assessment for this project is underway. Riyas had said that the land acquisition for the tunnel has started.

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